12 Jan 2015

American Samoa manager jailed over theft

3:46 pm on 12 January 2015

A former business manager for American Samoa's LBJ hospital has been sentenced to 20 months detention for the theft of more than five thousand US dollars from the hospital.

As a condition of her detention, Jennifer Tofaeono has been given five year's probation for conspiracy to commit stealing, which she pleaded guilty to last year under a plea agreement.

Tofaeono, whose father was a surgeon at the hospital and a current member of the LBJ Hospital board, has said her actions were the result of greed.

Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop says Tofaeono is an educated individual who should have known better.

She says Tofaeono took money from the territory's only medical facility, which is always in need of funding.