In Samoa, a court has found a pastor’s wife guilty of fraud and has sentenced her to two and a half years in prison.
According to the summary of facts, 38 year old Amelia Siaosi, the wife of the Pastor of the Good Samaritan church in Vaivase-uta, stole a substantial amount of money from her former employer, South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Group.
The court heard that the defendant had made fake passports and had forged customer signatures as well as that of the Manager of the company. She was found guilty on 44 counts of theft and forgery.
Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai said that the sentence for this particular matter was “imposed to deter the defendant and others who are like minded.”
“Theft as a servant is on the rise,” said Justice Vaai. He said the defendant as a pastor’s wife had shown no remorse whatsoever.
He also noted that the defendant, in her testimony, had called two lawyers and senior officer of SPBD liars and conspirators and therefore was not satisfied with her evidence.
News category: Pacific.