Banker charged for $112k theft

By Lanuola Tupufia – Ah Tong ,

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An employee of one of the banks in Samoa has been charged for the theft of $112,750 from an A.T.M. machine. 

Police Spokesperson, Inspector Suía Muliaga Tiumalu, confirmed this yesterday.

He said the 28-year-old male is responsible for A.T.Ms at the bank and he allegedly took the money on Saturday, 9th November. 

Suía said the money was taken from an A.T.M. machine at the National Provident Fund Plaza. 

ìHe is under investigation,î said Suía. ìSo far, only $65,100 has been recovered and a brand new car.î

Asked how the banker was able to take this much cash, Suía said that is the focus of the investigation.

 ìI cannot give the details of how he managed to take the money from the A.T.M. but like I said he is responsible for A.T.Ms in the bank. 

ìFrom the police report, the $112,750 sum was taken from that Saturday and the bank reported the matter to Police on Wednesday the following week.î

Suía explained that the vehicle, which is an Toyota Allion, is kept at the Ministry of Police until Court proceedings conclude. 

ìAs you are aware there is a law that anything such as vehicles and other materials that are suspected to have been bought with stolen money it can be confiscated until the Court rules otherwise.î

It could not be confirmed if anyone else was involved.

The Spokesperson added that the accused is on bail and has had his travel documents taken away from him. 

He is scheduled to appear in Court on 5th December.

He is required to sign in at the Police station every Friday. 

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