Former Bank Employee Admits to Falsifying Loans Valued at $80,000

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From the files of FaaSamoa. A former ANZ employee has pleaded guilty to forging loan applications to channel funds of $80,000 tala to herself.

Seira Malifa, 38, of Nuu-Fou and Safotu entered her plea before Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma in the Supreme Court of Samoa on Monday morning.

The Court heard the former branch manager had set up fake loan applications, which she herself approved, and then withdrew the funds for personal use.

The matter first surfaced when Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti told local media an investigation was launched in response to a formal complaint filed by the ANZ bank against Ms Malifa.

There is so far no evidence of Ms Malifa collaborating with any other bank employee.

The Court has set a February date for sentencing.