3 Oct 2007

Samoan consulate employee in Auckland loses job after probe into missing funds

2:43 pm on 3 October 2007

The Samoa government controller and chief auditor has completed an investigation into the misappropriation of funds at the Consulate General's office in Auckland and found about 150,000 US dollars missing.

The employee, who is the wife of a church minister, had been the focus of the investigation and has now lost her job.

The controller and chief auditor, Tamaseu Fata Leni Warren, has told the Samoa Observer newspaper that about three quarters of the missing money had been repaid.

The investigation also found there were poor accounting procedures at the office.

Sources have told the newspaper that the Consul General, Va'ai Simon Potoi, had denied that the office's account had been defrauded and had asked for a second opinion from an independent auditor.