11 Sep 2007

Charges outlined in case against American Samoa's Lt Governor

2:00 pm on 11 September 2007

Details of the charges being faced by American Samoa's Lieutenant Governor, Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia, have been revealed at a federal court in Washington.

It has also become clear that another senior figure, Senator Tulifua Lam Yuen, has handed himself in in Los Angeles.

In Pago Pago, Monica Miller has the details:

"The six count indictment was unsealed today in the Washington Federal District court in the District of Colombia and aside from Lieutenant Governor, Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia, Senator Tulifua Lam Yuen is also charged in teh same indictment and they are facing six charges. These include conspiracy, fraud, bribery concerning programmes receiving federal funds and obstruction of an agency and there is also a charge of bribery."

The charges relate to an investigation into the allocation of contracts for furniture for the American Samoan Department of Education