11 Oct 2003

Son of American Samoan Senate President arrested on corruption charges

10:20 am on 11 October 2003

American Samoan businessman and vice-chairman of the government-owned Development Bank of American Samoa, Don Fuimaono has been arrested on charges of criminal fraud and deceptive business practice.

Fuimaono, the eldest son of Senate President, Lutu Tenari Fuimaono, was taken into custody last night and his bail set at 150 thousand US dollars.

He is due to appear in court later today.

The charges stem from the on-going investigation by the government's Task Force on White Collar Crime and Public Corruption into the misspending and misappropriation of funds for the School Lunch Programme.