A suspended police superintendent in Samoa, Tagaolo Iosefatu Wright, has been charged with theft as a servant but he could face more criminal charges when he appears again in the Supreme Court in two weeks.
He was the head of the Police Maritime division operating the police Patrol Boat, the MV Nafanua, but was transferred to the main police headquarters in January.
The senior police officer is one of the four officers suspended by the Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, over allegations of being involved in criminal activities, breach of duties and misconduct.
He has appeared before the Chief Justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu, on Monday for mention but the case has been adjourned to May the 18th for the prosecution to finalise charges.
Mr Wright is expected to enter a plea on the second appearance.