LTA former ACEO heads to Appeals Court

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Tina Mata'afa-Tufele is a Pasifika journalist that has been writing and covering news related to the Samoan experience for over a decade. She's written for Samoa News in American Samoa, Tuatalatala.com (covering news from Hawaii, the U.S.

  • ​​​​​​​Mataafa Sepelini Poufa and his attorney Patrick Fepulea’i
    ​​​​​​​Mataafa Sepelini Poufa and his attorney Patrick Fepulea’i

Former Land Transport Authority (LTA) Assistant Chief Executive Officer (ACEO) Mataafa Sepelini Poufa plans to appeal the decision of the Supreme Court.

Mataafa was found guilty of forgery and other offenses in relation to changing the vehicle year for some cars on LTA’s Road Transport Administration System (RTAS).

The former ACEO and his attorney Patrick Fepulea’i, appeared before Supreme Court Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa early this week on Wednesday.

Fepulea’i told the court he plans to appeal the decision.

Mataafa was charged with four counts of forgery; four counts of using forged documents; four counts of altering, concealing, destroying or reproducing documents with intent to deceive; four counts of using altered or reproduced documents with intent to deceive; four counts of damaging or interfering with electronic data and four counts of forgery of electronic data.

The offendings are said to have taken place when Mata’afa was looking after the LTA in Savai’i.

The court found him guilty of six charges: two counts of using altered or reproduced documents with intent to deceive and all four counts of using forged documents. The other charges were dropped.

Justice Tuatagaloa asked prosecution to submit a Memorandum of Sentencing and deferred sentencing to April 29, 2019.

Mata’afa’s co-defendant Anoanoa’i Pepe Lafai was charged with numerous counts including forgery last year when she was serving as Manager for the LTA Legal Division.

The court dismissed all charges against Lafai who was represented by Fepulea’i and Bridget Crichton Faamatuainu.

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