Woman accused over alleged scam to find lawyer

By Deidre Fanene ,

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Court House at Mulinuu.

Court House at Mulinuu. (Photo: File)

The woman accused of running an alleged “immigration scam” that has cost a Fagamalo couple close to $20,000 has asked the Supreme Court to allow her time to find a lawyer.

The request from Alakoni Tevaga of Taufusi was made before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiavasu’e Falefatu Sapolu when she appeared for mention on Monday.

When the matter was called, Tevaga asked the Court that she wanted a lawyer to represent her.

His Honour Patu then adjourned the matter to give her the chance to find a lawyer.

“This matter will be adjourned to the 27th of February at 10 in the morning to give you the chance to find a lawyer,” Chief Justice Patu said.

Last month a couple from Fagamalo, Savai’i has warned the public against Ms. Tevaga.

The couple, who spoke to the Sunday Samoan on the condition of anonymity, said they don’t want anyone else to fall in the same trap they did. 

They claim to have been hoodwinked of close to $20,000 in fees for a trip to Australia that has yet to happen.

Tevaga strongly denied the allegation.

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