Charges against One Link director may be amended

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One Link director, Gerrard Tauohu, may see charges against him amended.

This follows prosecution seeking adjournment to the case to allow them time to get statements from property owners after police recovered some properties and received a statement from Charles Dora.

Public Prosecutor Jonathan Auga told court yesterday police investigators have obtained statements from Mr Dora and recovered some properties in which the police needs to get statements from the property owners.

Auga said that with the new statements, they are looking at amending the charges against Mr Tauohu.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Ricky Iomea then adjourned the case for April 5.

Tauohu is faced with 38 counts of false pretence under the penal code, and one count of unlicensed financial institution under the Financial Institutions Act 1998.

He was arrested by police following complaints from One Link mentors and customers who did not receive their payments from the director.

Allegation said that Tauohu obtained more than $400,000 from the six mentors between December 2019 and February 2020 and failed to pay them their promised interests.

He then allegedly escaped to Malaita and was arrested after police received complaints from the scheme’s mentors and customers who had invested in the scheme last year but are yet to receive their payments.

One link Pacifica customers had allegedly invested a total of $56,440,4575 in the scheme but police had only managed to recover $336,891.20.

Jonathan Auga of the Office of the Director Public Prosecution appears for the crown while Ronald Dive represents the accused.