2 pharmacy technicians jailed for theft of paracetamol medicine

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By Rula Su’a – Vaai

APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 19 OCTOBER 2018: Two former National Health employees have been jailed for two years for stealing boxes of paracetamol medicine valued at $10,560 talā.

Pio Fesola’i and Amanono  Mafalo  were employed as technicians in the Pharmacy Division of the National Hospital, Moto’otua. They were responsible for updating and maintaining records of all medicinal items as well as dispensing medicines to the Pharmacy.

According to the police summary of facts, in 2016, Fesola’i and Mafalo dishonestly took 16 boxes of paracetamol from their employer and supplied them to one Emma Toamua who ran a small delivery business that supplied retail shops in Apia.

Charged with theft as a servant, the case was heard by Supreme Court Judge, His Honour Vui Clarence Nelson.

“At least one other person who worked for these defendants have also been charged and the court file note that that person has pleaded not guilty to the charge and the trial has been scheduled for later this year,” he said.

Court records show each box of paracetamol was sold at $150 talā each.

Amanono and Fesola’i will serve 2 year jail terms.