Arrest Warrant Issued for Woman Charged with Forging Judge’s Signature on Adoption Papers

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A woman in her 40s was due to appear before the Supreme Court of Samoa yesterday for 3 counts of making false documents and forging the signature of District Court, Judge Talasa Atoa Saaga.

An arrest warrant was issued for Vinetta Lagoto also known as Vinetta Sovala, when she failed to appear in Court when the matter was called.

The signature according to the police summary of facts was allegedly forced on adoption documents for a person named Lafoina Brown.

It is alleged that between 31 March 2019 and 30 April 2019 at Mulinuu, Vinnetta made a false document namely an order of adoption for Lafoina Brown by writing the name and signing the signature of Family Court Judge Talasa Atoa Saaga.

Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma postponed the matter to next week Monday for the warrant of arrest to be served to the defendant.


Marieta H Ilalio