Former STEC employee jailed for theft as a servant


A former employee of the Samoa Trust Estates Corporation who pleaded guilty to theft as a servant has been sentenced to 13 months in prison.

Paul Jr Wulf was sentenced by Supreme Court Justice, Nia’ava Mata Keli Tuatagaloa. According to the judgment and sentencing of the court, the defendant pleaded guilty to stealing two water pumps valued at $13,000 tala between February and March 2022 this year.

Both water pumps were not recovered.

The court document says the defendant has a previous conviction of similar offending in 2006 and is not a person of prior good character.

The defendant is confirmed to have apologized to his former CEO but the Corporation has noted the defendant’s offending has cost them a loss of $13,000 for the water pumps he stole, and equipment need in their line of work.

“It has also been confirmed that the defendant has not made any offer of restitution.

From the summary of facts and pre-sentence report, the defendant had used his employment status as storehouse keeper to access the said equipment.

He did not do it once but twice. There is always a breach of trust involved in theft as a servant charge. There is not only pre-meditation but also opportunistic in the commission of the offences.”

The only mitigating factors in the defendant’s favour are his early guilty plea and the apology says Justice Nia’ava.

The defendant is convicted and sentenced to 13 months imprisonment for each offending to be served concurrently and should be credited for time already spent in jail.