Court warns woman to repay money


DEPUTY Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika has warned a Central woman facing a suspended three-year jail term to pay back the money she took from the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society.
Sir Gibbs, in the Waigani National Court, told Margret Ani to continue to make progress by paying money when she appeared for mention yesterday.
He also warned Ani that she had asked the court for 12 months to make restitution which the court allowed and has now placed trust on her to pay the expected amount.
Sir Gibbs also told Ani that she had to repay that trust back to the court that was the other part of the bargain.
Sir Gibbs told Ani that she still had five months to repay the balance of K61,164.64 to the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society.
Ani has paid a only K5,000.
She was convicted for forging 24 pay cheques totalling K66,968.90 belonging to the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society in 2012.
The court found that she forged the signatures of Dadi Toka Jr 24 times and uttered the documents she forged 24 times.
She did so while she was a volunteer with the society.
The court also heard Ani stole the money as she was under pressure from her partner who had debts to settle.

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