Audit Officer charged with forgery

A Principal Finance Officer with the Audit Office has been charged with forgery and using forged documents where public funds were allegedly misappropriated. 

The charge was confirmed by Court Registrar and an Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Veatulia Fa'atasi Puleiata.

“The accused, Tovio Jr. Taefu, of Vaimoso and Siufaga Falelatai 25 years old is out on bail and is to report to the police office every Friday,” Veataulia said in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

“He will appear in the Court for criminal mention,” 

He said the accused is charged under the Crimes Act 2013 section 192 and 195. 

“[Taefu] will appear in the Supreme Court on 27 July, 2020 for his criminal mention,” concluded Ve’ataulia.

The Court Registrar signed off on the accused to be released on bail. 

The Samoa Observer first inquired about this matter last week, but the Auditor General Fuimaono Camillo Afele and he declined to comment. 

“I cannot answer your questions or make any comment as requested in your email below,” Fuimaono said last week. 

“Suffice to say that it is wise to wait for the Police Investigation to answer your questions and tell us the truth about the reports you have received.”

Follow-up questions sent to Fuimaono about whether any policies have been amended following the allegations have not been responded to. 

To date the Police Commissioner Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil and Deputy Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Keti have not responded to repeated emails over this matter. 

The mandate of the Audit Office is to assure the financial integrity of the Parliamentary system of Government and to provide independent and professional audit services to all public sector entities in Samoa and reporting on its findings.


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