Harian · October 14, 2021

Samoan Gambling Management Authority personnel confess fraud

The Gambling Management Authority (GCA) has admitted staff members had altered the on line betting process to defraud the authority, in a hearing at the Supreme Courtroom of Samoa.

Laau Tuivanu, a Principal IT Officer at the GCA, produced the fraud admission assertion on the witness stand as she testified at the trial of a few previous Authority workers, who stand accused of thieving from their employer. 5 more previous staff have previously been fined by the Supreme Court for the purpose they played in defrauding the authority.

The defendants (Silika Hala, Lui Feseetai and Talosaga Wales Amosa) pleaded not responsible to the rates of theft. Hala’s charges had been withdrawn, leaving two counts of theft rates for the prosecution to proceed with. According to the prosecution, Hala had worked for the GCA primarily to sell bonuses having said that, the bonuses were being allegedly sold making use of suspicious approaches and he did not preserve data of the transactions.

The other defendants, who worked as operators marketing tickets for the Australian gambling firm TMS Australia, marketed Samoa Sports Lotto tickets. Tuivanu informed the courtroom that the GCA operators were capable to defraud the authority by just disconnecting the electricity resource while a ticker was being processed.

He discussed that the transaction would not be registered as comprehensive (and not sign-up in the technique) when the system was switched off. Tuivanu concluded that simply because the defendants made use of these methods, they have been able to promote transactions without the need of at any time processing them.

Tuivanu also described that the desktops were equipped with Uninterrupted Power Source engineering, meaning the operator experienced ample time to procedure a ticker in the function of an outage. The listening to, presided by the Chief Justice, His Honours, Satiu Simative Perese, continues.