The court was told that on 23rd January, 2011, Padarath gave false information via text messages to the Director of Immigration, Nemani Vuniwaqa, intending to cause him to put the name of Paul Freeman on the Immigration Watch List.
Padarath had pleaded guilty to the charge.
While passing the sentence, Magistrate Shagit Somaratne said for someone who is not a first time offender, Padarath should have known better not to waste the time of the court with this case.
Padarath also tried to stow away in 2012.
In his mitigation, Ben Padarath told the court that he was looking after his 70-year-old mother and his children and that he has been an active member of the Christian Mission Fellowship.
A non-parole period of 16 months has also been set. Source: Fijivillage News, 9 March 2016