Fiji Police Investigate Locals Involved in Money Laundering on August 12, 2011 released the following:

“Story by: Ronal Deo

The Police Cyber Crime Investigations Unit is investigating a group of locals allegedly working in partnership with foreign nationals through a popular social networking site to launder money using Fiji as a transit point.

Police have identified three suspects that live in the Nadi and Lautoka area following reports lodged at police stations in Suva, Nadi and Lautoka.

The CCI Unit has established the three individuals communicated with foreign nationals who offered them money, to carry out research on the services provided by Money Transfer Outlets in the country.

The local individuals are offered a monetary commission by the foreign national to carry out this job.

The foreign national sends the money, more than the commission amount, to the individual in Fiji who is asked to take out only his commission and send the balance to another individual who claims to be residing in Nigeria.

There is strong suspicion that the money to pay for the commission and transferred out of Fiji, has been illegally acquired by the foreign national.

CCI Unit is working with officials from the Financial Intelligence Unit, Commercial Banks and Western Union Money Transfer in investigating the case.

Fiji Police also intends to seek the assistance of Interpol and international Law Enforcement Agencies to assist with investigations.

The Police Force is urging and warning members of the public not to respond or accept any invitation from those whom they do not know or have never met in person.”

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