4 Dec 2006

Manager at American Samoa's Power Authority charged with embezzleing US $5,000

6:15 am on 4 December 2006

The former acting human resources manager of the American Samoa's Power Authority has been charged with embezzling nearly US $5,000 from an ASPA employee fund that she was in charge of administering.

Fiapapalagi Letuli faces three counts of embezzlement.

The defendant is alleged to have issued herself three cheques under what's known as an Employee Supplemental Income Plan.

The plan pays for off island costs for employees traveling overseas for medical treatment.

According to court filings Mrs Letuli made cheques to herself in the amounts of US$750, $2,250 and $1,500 in August, despite traveling off island for medical treatment

Mrs Letuli has been terminated from ASPA effective December 15.

Her preliminary examination is set for Thursday.