28 Mar 2013

Illegal whisky shipment lands woman in court in Samoa

11:40 am on 28 March 2013

A businesswoman in Samoa has been charged over a large consignment of whisky which the authorities say arrived in the country four weeks ago with false import documentation

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, told Talamua online the 32 year-old woman has been charged with forgery and giving false information.

He says investigations are continuing.

Samoa's Customs Department says apart from false importation documents, the consignment came in without a liquor importer's licence, duty and taxes of over 87 thousand US dollars were evaded, and the whisky was distributed to retailers without a distributors licence.

Customs located and seized more than 900 cartons of the whisky from about seven shops in the Apia area.