Former ‘Idol’ Star Paulini Pleads Guilty To Bribing A Government Official

Former Australian Idol star Paulini Curuenavuli has entered a plea of guilty in Mount Druitt Local Court today, on charges of bribing a Government official.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty after investigators accused her of paying a corrupt NSW Roads and Maritime Services worker $850 in exchange for a forged and unrestricted NSW driver’s license.

NSW Police earlier alleged that they had CCTV footage of Curuenavuli walking into the Mount Druitt office of NSW Roads and Maritime Services in July of 2016, where a known and corrupt official was working at the time. Police alleged that she later transferred transferred money into the bank account of the official.

The 27-year-old RMA official was charged by police in July 2016 with making false documents, and was subsequently removed from their position in the department.

Paulini’s appearance in court was initially scheduled for August, but it was delayed due to her touring commitments with the Australian theatre production of The Bodyguard.

The charges against her reportedly carry a potential jail sentence of up to seven years.