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Singer Paulini facing jail time over bribery charge

Paulini Curuenavuli
Paulini Curuenavuli singing on stage last year. Image: Instagam/paulini_curuenavuli

Australian Idol alum Paulini Curuenavuli is facing seven years behind bars for bribing a government official to give her a fake driver’s license.

The singer’s crime came to light when the official in question was put under investigation for their involvement in bikie violence.

Police allege Curuenavuli bribed a Roads and Maritime Services employee, Faletausala Vaifale with $800 to provide her with a fake NSW driver’s licence, despite the fact she was not qualified to drive, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Police says they identified Vaifale, 27, after learning that she was distributing dozens of fake ­licences to family, friends and Rebels bikies.

There is no suggestion that Curuenavuli is involved in bikie crime.

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Former Australian Idol judge Mark Holden, who was on the judging panel the year Curuenavuli competed in the talent show, told Starts at 60 he was pleased she had legal representation and that she’s in good hands.

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Her lawyer Michael Korn told The Daily Telegraph his client was taking the allegation very seriously.

“She’s aware of the gravity of the charges and she has instructed us as her legal representatives to treat the matter with the ­utmost seriousness,” Korn said.

Curuenavuli is currently starting in The Bodyguard Musical and will appear in court on August 16.

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