26 year old Margaret Ani of Pari village, NCD, will stand trial from next week Monday. The two day trial was supposed to start today however that has been deferred to November 9.
Among those expected to give evidence during the trial is Ani’s immediate boss, Dadi Toka Jnr who was the president at that time.
Ani was committed by the District Court on May 13 to stand trial for her alleged offence in 2012.
Magistrate Cosmos Bidar in his ruling on May 13 said Ani had sufficient evidence against her with a total of 72 counts.
She was charged for 24 counts of misappropriation under section 383 A(1)(a), 24 counts of forgery under section 462(1) and 24 counts of fraudulently uttering under section 462(2) of the Criminal Code of Papua New Guinea respectively.
It is alleged that between June 1, 2012 and September 18, 2012, 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.
From the forged signature she managed to write 24 cheques and cashed them all at the Bank of South Pacific Bank, it is alleged.
It is further alleged that Ani cashed 24 cheques at different dates to the monetary value of K66, 968.90 in the four months period.
Police statement of facts say the monies she cashed out were never returned to the society but that she used the money for her own personal use.
It also says that monies misappropriated were donated by business houses and individuals to support cancer patients at the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society Inc.