Couple accused in alleged land scam

A couple has been charged for allegedly scamming members of the public by obtaining money by deception through a piece of land that does not belong to them. 

Ele Vuni Isaia and Emani Tulua, of Malifa, appeared in the District Court on Tuesday. They did not have a lawyer.

The Prosecutor and Attorney General’s Office lawyer, Silupevaelei Rexona Titi, said the Police have yet to finalise charges and it is possible that more people are victims of the alleged offending by the couple. 

In addition, Silupevaelei said it seems the pair are party to obtaining money by deception in respect of land that allegedly does not belong to them. 

District Court Judge, Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma, asked if the couple had any previous convictions. 

The Court was told that Tulua has previous convictions in relation to firearms while his wife has a clean record. 

Judge Fepuleai had asked the prosecution if they opposed bail. They did not. 

The couple had been in Police custody for two weeks. 

Silupevaelei recommended that the couple be given strict bail conditions, which includes signing in with the Police twice a week and surrendering their travel documents. 

She also asked for more time to allow Police to finalise the charges against the pair. 

Judge Fepulea'i granted bail and ordered the defendants to comply with their bail conditions. 

They were ordered to appear again in the District Court on 8th October 2019. 

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