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Female administrative officer receives imprisonment sentencing

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 04/04/2018

A female administrative officer that was employed by Tanoa Hotels (Tonga)

has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for theft count.

The final six months of her sentence is suspended on the condition that she commit no further offences punishable by imprisonment during her suspension.

Selemana Fonua was charged for one count of theft and one count of falsification of accounts.

On falsification charge, she is sentenced to two years imprisonment to be served concurrently with her sentence on the theft charge.

Fonua’s sentencing was handed down by Justice Cato.

In a court statement, Justice Cato said that he found that on about 16 occasions between May 2015 and December 2015, Fonua dishonestly manufactured a false spreadsheet which included the name of a number of fictitious or “ghost” wages during the relevant period.

This has caused Tanoa Fiji to pay to Tanoa Tonga an inflated sum for wages.

Cato said that he was satisfied that Fonua deliberately so as to receive the inflated amounts which amounted to more than $21,000.

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