13 Jun 2003

American Samoan doctor strikes plea agreement in LBJ hospital fraud case

3:33 pm on 13 June 2003

An American Samoan doctor charged in connection with a massive insurance fraud at the LBJ hospital has entered a plea bargain and will be sentenced in late October.

In a federal court in Hawaii, Dr Ivan Tuliau pleaded guilty to taking part in a scam which is alleged to have defrauded the American Family Life Assurance Company of more than 200-thousand US dollars.

The deal involves the prosecution dropping two of the three charges against him in return for his co-operation with investigators in the case which has seen a total of eight people arrested and flown to Honolulu.

Dr Tuliau is allowed to return to Pago Pago.

He faces a maximum of five years in jail and a 250-thousand dollar fine but that could be reduced to a jail sentence of about one year.