14 Dec 2004

US authorities cites two American Samoan corruption cases

1:41 pm on 14 December 2004

The US Department of the Interior has officially informed Congress of the latest corruption cases in American Samoa.

The Inspector General's report has highlighted two cases involving former government officials in American Samoa who have admitted charges of giving contracts to family members.

The two cases cited in the report involve a former government chief procurement officer, Tafua Fa'au Seumanutafa, and Patolo Mageo, who is the former deputy director for Department of Human and Social Services.

The only other territory mentioned in the report is the Virgin Islands where employees used official government credit cards to buy personal items costing nearly 200,000 thousand US dollars.