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Grand jury indicts 2 for PFD fraud

Posted: April 29, 2012 - 2:57am

Two people were indicted by a grand jury Friday for submitting false Permanent Fund Dividend applications in 2008 and 2009.

Brian and Vaelemasina Faatiliga were each charged with four felonies, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors allege Brian, 31, submitted false PFD applications in his own name and as the sponsor of his six children in 2008 and 2009. He received PFD and Alaska Energy Rebate checks totaling $25,000 or more, which he either cashed or deposited into his bank account, according to the charging document.

He was slapped with two counts of first-degree unsworn falsification, one count of first-degree theft and one count of scheme to defraud, all felonies.

Meanwhile, the indictment charges Vaelemasina submitted two fraudulent PFD applications for the same years, and received checks totaling between $500 and $25,000.

She cashed her checks, along with a PFD check issued to her daughter, according to the indictment.

Vaelemasina faces two counts of first-degree unsworn falsification and two counts of second-degree theft.

Those are all class ‘C’ felonies that can be punishable by up to five years in prison.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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