Legal assistant charged for forging Judge's signature

A former legal assistant for a private law firm has been charged by the Police for forging the signature of a Judge in an adoption case. 

Vinetta Lagoto So’oalo, 37, of Tapuele’ele Savai'i and Vailima, was charged by the Police on Tuesday.

She has been remanded on bail.

The charge was confirmed by the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Ve'atauia Fa'atasi Puleiata.

“She is facing two counts of forgery and is out on bail,” he said.

As part of her bail conditions, the accused will sign in at the Police station on Fridays and will appear in court on 25 August, 2020. 

Ve’atauia declined to further comment on the case but the Samoa Observer understands the accused allegedly forged adoption documents twice. 

In one adoption case it is alleged the accused forged the signature of District Court Judge, Talasa Atoa Saaga. 

Emails and phone calls to the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, were not answered as of press time. 

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