9 Nov 2009

Wife of the American Samoa Attorney General in court on forgery charges

9:17 am on 9 November 2009

The wife of the American Samoa Attorney General has pleaded not guilty to three felony charges in connection with a driver's license scheme.

Marie Ripley is alleged to have issued a driver's license to a Tongan citizen using someone else's identification.

Mrs Ripley, manger of the Office of Motor Vehicles, appeared in High Court for her arraignment after her case was bound over from the District Court.

During, the hearing, she waived the official reading of the criminal complaint, in which she is charged with two counts of forgery and one count of public servant acceding to corruption.

Mrs Ripley, who was accompanied to court by her husband Attorney General Fepuleai Afa Ripley, is out on a $10,000 bail.

After entering a not guilty plea, the court set pre trial conference for the 22nd of January next year.