Mastermind of company scandal to appear in court today

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BY JENNIFER KUSAPA

THE case against Ms Malia Katalake and two others will be mentioned in court today.

Peter Rockson and Junior Moris Bolas are the co-accused in this case.

This is the case which involves corruption related offences of fraudulent falsification, false pretence and embezzlement.

Katalake is a former employee of the Solomon Tropical Product, and was working as a plant manager when the alleged incident occurred.

She is charged with her husband Rockson, 30, of Lord Howe, Malaita Outer Island and 29-year-old Bolas from Choiseul.

Rockson faces four counts of receiving and soliciting while Bolas faces seven counts of receiving.

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Katalake was responsible for receiving copra from local farmers, scaling and writing on receivable company document (copra inspections and payment forms) for farmers who came from the province.

The allegation said that between January 1, 2008 and June 21, 2008 Malia and Bolas made up false copra payments sheet under the ghost name Sisi David and fraudulently withdrawn a total of $152,570.80 from the company.

Police alleged Katalake was the mastermind of the company scandal and she at her own discretion, before submitting to the office receptionist, had them calculate and raise the payment according to what names appear on the copra sheet.

Most payments were alleged to have been done on cheque at the National Bank of Solomon Islands now the Bank of South Pacific and Malia and Bolas were the ones who collected and cashed the cheques at the Bank.

The matter was reported to police by the complainant John Vollrat who is the general manager of the Solomon Tropical Products, a company that deals with local farms by purchasing, processing and exporting of copra.

Office of the Director Public Prosecution appears for the stat

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