14 Mar 2007

American Samoa govt officials under the spotlight

8:38 pm on 14 March 2007

Government officials in American Samoa are under the spotlight for allegedly overspending Homeland Security grants worth 1.7 million US dollars.

The officials have received subpoenas and must produce documents before a federal grand jury in Washington D.C. next week.

The director of Homeland Security in American Samoa, Mike Sala, says he is troubled by the issue, but stresses the importance of the investigation.

"There is no question that there will be some people that will suffer the consequences of their action and then we will move forward and then we will resolve all those irregularities down the road and I am confident that things will be heading in the right direction."

Mike Sala says officials must resolve the matter quickly to prevent dire consequences for all.