27 Nov 2004

Pair may face charges in Samoa customs probe

6:08 am on 27 November 2004

Two people involved with Samoa's Customs could face criminal charges after an investigation into the department's finances.

The Chief Auditor, Tamaseu Leni Warren, has been conducting a special audit at Customs after allegations of improper loans.

The Auditor was called in last month by the Comptroller of Customs, Fuimaono Poufa Te'o, after he found one of his staff had allegedly taken money and not paid it back.

The Chief Auditor had earlier expressed concern that one of the Customs staff involved in the investigations had been allowed to leave the country.

The Samoa Observer said a letter with the auditor's signature allowing the man to leave the country appeared to have been forged.