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Former worker charged with alleged $140,000 misuse

A former Samoa National Provident Fund [S.N.P.F.] employee has been charged in connection with the alleged embezzlement of $140,000 in pensioners’ funds.

The charging of the former senior S.N.P.F. staff member with theft as a servant was confirmed by a Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration official, who is not authorised to speak to the media.

The alleged theft involving funding from the accounts of pensioners after they have passed on began in 2014. The accused is scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court next Monday for criminal mention.

Attempts by the Samoa Observer on Saturday to seek comments from the Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, were unsuccessful.

The charging of the former employee is not the only case of theft that the superannuation organisation has had to deal with.

In August this year another worker had his services terminated after he allegedly misused funds over a five-year period.

At that time the S.N.P.F. Chief Executive Officer, Pauli Prince Suhren, confirmed that the matter was with the Police. 

According to officials at the S.N.P.F., besides the one who allegedly pocketed $140,000 from the pension funds, one staff member allegedly stole $2,000 cash.

“While the other [former] employee started in 2014 and he managed to transfer more than $140,000 into his personal accounts for his personal use,” he told the Samoa Observer.

As reported earlier, Pauli indicated that the accused who worked under the S.N.P.F. Pensions Division was terminated in August. 

He did not disclose how much was allegedly taken with the matter now with the Police, though he expressed disappointment at the turn of events.

“Our Institution deals with money on a daily basis and what’s needed here is honest employees,” Pauli said. 

“Because we deal with a substantial amount of money daily, it is our policy to act quickly once a crime is committed."

He said a similar case occurred in 2017 and the S.N.P.F. management was quick to deal with the person involved.

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