29 Dec 2005

American Samoa Senate continues probe into off-island bank accounts

10:43 am on 29 December 2005

The former Deputy Manager of American Samoa's Territorial Office for Fiscal Reform, James Galea'i, has appeared before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to answer questions about the administration's local and off island bank accounts.

Senate President Lolo Letalu Moliga said the closed door hearing was a productive one but Galea'i did not have answers to many of their questions.

Lolo said it was apparent that Galea'i was not privy to a lot of information about the bank accounts and the committee would have to subpoena TOFER Manager Jack Kachmarik.

Kachmarik is currently off island and the Senate Committee intends to subpoena him.

One new piece of information that has reached the Senate is that an off island account with a bank in Oklahoma was used to make a payment to Don Maier, an individual who was involved in the recent purchase of an aircraft for the government's use.

Lolo said Galea'i was not aware of such an account.