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.