4 May 2005

Jury selection underway for trial of American Samoa's former School Lunch Programme manager

10:16 am on 4 May 2005

Jury selection begins today for a jury to hear the government case against Toetu Solaita, the former manager of the American Samoa Department of Education's School Lunch Programme.

Solaita is charged with embezzlement, a felony punishable by up to seven years imprisonment.

The government claims that while Solaita was in charge of the federally funded School Lunch Programme there were several incidents where food supplies and other items were misappropriated for personal use.

Solaita has already pleaded guilty under a plea agreement with US prosecutors at the federal court in Honolulu to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

He will be sentenced on that charge on October 6th.