5 Apr 2007

American Samoa's govt files new case against suspended director

10:47 am on 5 April 2007

American Samoa's government has filed a new case against the suspended Director of the Territorial Emergency Management and Coordination Office, or TEMCO.

Last Friday the government moved to dismiss 70 charges against Faamausili Pola and said it would be filing a new case.

He is now charged with one count of criminal fraud and one count of stealing.

The government alleges that between May 2005 and December 2006, Mr Faamausili obtained money from cheques that belonged to another person without the owner's consent for the purpose of depriving the rightful owner of the funds.

The cheques belonged to Mikaele Ilimaleota, who had been put on the TEMCO payroll by Mr Faamausili, even though he did not work all the time for the agency.

The suspended director has waived his right to a probable cause hearing in District Court and will be arraigned in High Court today.