21 Sep 2009

Queries over lack of scrutiny of alleged theft in Samoa Government agency

7:08 pm on 21 September 2009

Several public servants in Samoa have questioned the accountability and transparency of the administration of the country's Public Service Commission, the PSC.

This follows the resignation of a senior accounts officer at the Customs department due to an alleged misappropriation of nearly ten thousand US dollars of public money.

A government source says the funds were recovered after the former senior accountant paid them back before leaving the country.

There is no word from the police or other Government agencies on whether there has been an investigation, or if charges have been laid over the theft.

But one Government source says the CEO of the Ministry of Revenue is facing charges, under the PSC regulations, for breach of duty in relation to the missing funds.