Police investigate $30,000 misuse by former staff

The Police are investigating the misappropriation of over $30,000 at the Samoa Shipping Services by a former employee.

S.S.S. Chief Executive Officer, Lautimuia Afoa Uelese Vaai, confirmed the alleged crime in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

“Yes [I can confirm] and she admitted to her actions and was terminated immediately. The matter is handed over to the police,” he said. 

Lautimuia expressed disappointment and revealed that the alleged misuse wouldn't have been discovered, if the organisation did not update its internal payment systems.

“This is [the] reason it was detected quickly and we [have done] a complete review and overhaul of internal control on payment processes,” he added.

The C.E.O. declined to give more details noting that it may jeopardise an ongoing criminal investigation by the Police.

According to an official, who works with the shipping service and is not authorised to speak to the media, the sacked employee used vouchers that were issued to process payments for sailors.

Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get further comments from the Police Commissioner Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil were unsuccessful. 

The S.S.S., which was established by the Samoa Government in 1978, currently oversees the provisioning of locally born crew including sailors to international ship owners. 

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