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Woman changes plea to 270 theft charges

A woman facing more than 200 hundreds charges relating to theft as a servant has vacated her not guilty plea. 

Matagofie Brown pleaded guilty to 270 charges of theft as a servant, falsifying and altering documents and false accounting, in Court on Monday. 

Her change of plea was made through her lawyer, Arthur Lesa, in the Supreme Court. 

Assistant Attorney General, Magele Leone Su’a, said in terms of sentencing the defendant is likely to get a custodial sentence. 

Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke adjourned the matter to 14th November for the pre-sentencing report, Victims Impact Report and probation report. 

The woman is remanded on bail until her next appearance. 

Ms. Brown allegedly committed the offending while she was working for a private company. 

A total amount of $117,000 is suspected to have been taken from the company by the defendant over a period of years. 

She had applied for legal aid but was denied by the Court.

Prosecution had filed six additional charges against Ms. Brown last week. 

Those charges were put together with the initial 264 charges against the woman. 

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