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Toluono sentenced to 5 years, six months

By Unumoe Esera

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, April 19, 2012) – Former MP and former CEO of the Electric Power Corporation for 13 years, Toluono Feti Toluono, 66 years old from Vaitele-uta and Vailoa, Palauli has been convicted and sentenced to five years and six months in prison for false pretense, forgery and uttering false documents.

After finding the defendant guilty, Justice Slicer postponed sentence twice until this morning.

The charges relate to the purchase of two parcels of freehold lands belonging to two women and their families who live in New Zealand.

For the Stowers land transaction, a sentence of two years and six months imprisonment was imposed after a deduction of 18 months from the starting point of four years.

As for the Burke land transaction, Toluono was sentenced to three years after a reduction of 18 months from the four and a half years starting point.

The transactions for the Stowers land was committed between the 23rd December 2004 and 17th February 2005. While the Burke land transaction took place between the 10th August 2007 and the 20th October 2010.

Outside Court, defense Counsel Toleafoa Solomona Toailoa said there were plans to file an appeal as early as next week on many grounds.

Prosecution was represented by Precious Chang and Edelma Niumata. Justice Pierre Slicer was the presiding judge for this case.

The hearing started 12 December last year until the 22nd March this year.

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