Pari woman on forgery charge to be sentenced

The National Court is expected to hand down its sentence penalty next Friday on Pari woman, Margarette Ani after it convicted her last year for forging 24 cheques amounting to more than K66,000.

The cheques were forged over a period of four months and belonged to the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society.

Ani, while the treasurer of the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society Inc. forged the signature of her immediate boss, Dadi Toka Jnr who was the president at that time.

The incident took place between June 1, 2012 and September 18, 2012.

Ani returned to court with her lawyer today where submissions were made on what appropriate sentence the court should impose on her.

She was convicted for forged 24 cheques totalling K66 974. He Court found she did that to settle personal outstanding debts she had with loan sharks.

Her lawyer indicated that she will repay the money through her Nasfund savings, fortnightly deductions of her wages and sell a block of land her father owns at Taurama to pay off the amount.

The state on the other hand said K66, 974 is a substantial amount of money and the victims in this case are the cancer patients who could have benefitted from the money.

Ani remains on bail and is expected back in Court next Friday (Feb 19) where her sentence penalty will be handed down by Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika.

Sally Pokiton