Sacked S.N.P.F. senior official pleads guilty

A former Assistant Manager of the National Provident Fund (N.P.F.), Tooa Pauga Samuelu, has pleaded guilty to 20 charges of stealing over $6,000 from her employer.

Samuelu was an Assistant Manager in the Information Technology Division at the N.P.F. last year before she was sacked. 

She pleaded guilty to 20 charges of forgery, theft as a servant, false accounting, altering and concealing with intent to deceive, and obtaining by deception to making false entry on the N.P.F. fund by posting loan repayments to a different account.

Samuelu, of Lotopa, was represented by lawyer, Diana Roma, in the Supreme Court this week.  

Prosecutor and Attorney General’s Office lawyer, Quentin Sauaga, withdrew 15 other charges against the defendant.

The matter was called for hearing before Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren. 

However, it did not proceed when the defendant changed her plea to guilty to the remaining charges. 

She allegedly stole from N.P.F. on several occasions between January, February, October and November last year when she was employed at the main office at Matafele. 

In one incident, she altered the payroll schedule by posting $360 tala from a loan repayment to a small loan account in January. 

There were seven different repayments made to the same account throughout last year.

She is also accused of obtaining by deception by making false entries on the AS400 system by posting loan repayments to a different loan account. 

The total amount of the money involved in the offending is $6565

Justice Tafaoimalo adjourned the matter for sentencing to October 23 this year. 

The woman is remanded on bail until her next appearance in Court. 

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