Paulini (centre) on stage in The Bodyguard. Picture: Mark Cranitch.
Paulini (centre) on stage in The Bodyguard. Picture: Mark Cranitch.

Paulini could face jail time over bribery charges

AUSTRALIAN singer Paulini Curuenavuli has been allegedly caught bribing a government employee under investigation for links to a bikie gang.

The former Australian Idol contestant, 34, could face a maximum jail sentence of seven years if found guilty of the charges.

It is alleged Curuenavuli - known publicly as Paulini - bribed a NSW Roads and Maritime Services employee with $800 to give her a fake, unrestricted NSW driver's licence, despite not being qualified to drive.

The Daily Telegraph reports that that the employee was already under police investigation for distributing fake licences to friends, family and associates of the Rebels bikie gang. There is no suggestion that Paulini is involved in any bikie activity.

Paulini first shot to fame in 2003, placing fourth in the first season of Australian Idol. A number one single - Angel Eyes - and several albums followed. Most recently, she's found new success on stage as the lead actor in the national touring production of Bodyguard: The Musical, which closes in Brisbane this weekend.

The singer is set to face court next week.

News Corp Australia

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