13 Mar 2012

Tonga police say embezzlement probe affects three Westpac branches

12:46 pm on 13 March 2012

Tonga police have released more information on alleged embezzlement at the Westpac Bank of Tonga.

12 staff members, who've now been suspended from the bank, appeared in Magistrate's Court yesterday charged with theft and fraud.

They are to re-appear in May.

Radio Tonga reports police as saying that about 50,000 US dollars was involved, with the money allegedly taken from from all three branches of Westpac in Nuku'alofa.

Police say the fraud involves money transfers and overseas deposits, and that their investigation is continuing.