17 Oct 2007

Two American Samoan women charged in immigration case

4:39 pm on 17 October 2007

Two women in American Samoa have been charged with stealing following an investigation into improprieties at the Immigration Division of the Attorney General's Office.

The two Leleaga Reed who works in the AG's Office and Shay Malepeai, who is an employee of the Health Department, were arrested today and taken to the District Court for their initial appearance.

Both are charged with stealing and Reed is additionally charged with public servant acceding to public corruption.

Bail for each is set at 10,000 US dollars.

Officials handling the investigation told KHJ News last week that the investigation was sparked by the removal of two students by the Department of Education because their immigration papers were not in order.

Evidence of bribery, forged documents , abuse of authority and theft of immigration fees was discovered.