3 Jun 2004

Former American Samoa Lunch Programme manager to appear in court next month

10:33 am on 3 June 2004

The former manager of American Samoa's School Lunch Programmme, Toetu Solaita is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in the Honolulu federal district court on July 23rd.

Solaita was charged last month with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States stemming from his tenure as the head of the federally funded lunch programmme

US Assistant Attorney General James Crowel says details of the plea agreement can only be made public on the date of Solaita's appearance.

Solaita, a veteran employee of the Department of Education before he resigned last year was charged by information rather than by indictment, the same way former chief Procurement Officer Faau Seumanutafa was charged.

This is done in cases where the defendant is cooperating with the prosecution.