28 Jul 2011

Former govt finance officers in Samoa jailed for corruption

7:14 am on 28 July 2011

The Supreme Court in Samoa has sentenced two former government finance officers to three years in jail after the pair admitted to fifty eight charges of official corruption.

Muliipu Fe'epo and Iva Peseta were employed by the Ministry of Finance to prepare invoices and collect funds for payment of government services.

According to the police summary of facts, the pair were involved in a scheme which was linked to the theft of over 200 thousand US dollars of public funds.

Two other former finance officers of the Ministry of Police and Prisons, who were charged separately in connection to the same crime, were sentenced to jail last year.