17 Jun 2009

Samoa's former senior customs principal accountant guilty of theft as servant

2:19 pm on 17 June 2009

A former principal accountant of the Customs Division of the Ministry of Revenue in Samoa, Joe Fepulea'i, has been found guilty of four counts of theft as a servant but not guilty of seven counts of falsifying accounts.

Fepulea'i was accused of stealing 2,000 US dollars.

The Supreme Court verdict comes after a trial which began in 2008, but followed a police investigation into missing public funds in the Customs Division five years ago.

The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced next month.