29 Oct 2007

Second immigration officer arrested in American Samoa for issuing fake ID card

11:31 am on 29 October 2007

A second immigration officer in American Samoa has been arrested and charged with forgery and acceding to public corruption over improprieties in the handling of immigration cases.

Mathew Savali, the son of the Commissioner of Public Safety Sotoa Savali, is accused of issuing a fake ID card for a Chinese woman in exchange for money.

He is alleged to have received 300 US dollars in exchange for the fake card.

He is the fourth person to be charged in connection with a large scale investigation by the Attoney General's Office into discrepancies at the Immigration Office.

Savali is being held on bail of 10,000 dollars.