28 Jan 2005

Former American Samoa Director of Education pleads guilty to bribery and fraud charges

10:46 am on 28 January 2005

The former director of American Samoa's Department of Education, Dr. Sili Kerisiano Sataua, has pleaded guilty at the federal court in Honolulu to conspiring to commit bribery and fraud concerning federal programmes in the territory.

Dr. Sataua admitted that he was involved in a conspiracy, from 1999 to July 2003, to bypass government policies on contracts for shelves, desks, furniture and other materials.

Dr. Sataua received $6,000 cash and $3,000 worth of construction work at his residence, in exchange for rigging contracts for his co-conspirators.

He also admitted knowingly approving requests for food and goods from the school lunch program warehouse for a funeral and used his position to take food from the warehouse for personal use.

Dr. Sataua faces a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, a three year term of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 US dollars.