3 Oct 2005

Three public American Samoa corruption cases included in US Congress report

11:17 am on 3 October 2005

Three public corruption cases from American Samoa are included in a new US Department of Justice report to the US Congress.

According to the report, which details activities and operations of the agency's Public Integrity Section, Criminal Investigation for 2004, a number of sensitive cases were handled, including an investigation into systemic corruption, in American Samoa.

The first case deals with former chief procurement officer Tafua Fa'au Seumanutafa, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the US in the awarding of contracts for bookshelves and library furniture for public schools.

The second one involves Patolo Mageo, former deputy director of the Department of Human and Social Service, who admitted that he approved a fraudulent award and payment of the contracts in exchange for $10,000 US dollars.

The third case deals with Toetu Solaita, a former school lunch program manager, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the US through the federally-funded program.

All three will be sentenced at the federal court in Honolulu this month.