11 Jun 2012

American Samoa education official jailed over bus programme bribe investigation

3:15 pm on 11 June 2012

Paul Solofa, a former chief financial officer and manager of American Samoa's Department of Education School Bus Programme has been jailed fo 35 months.

After a four-day trial in January, a federal jury in Washington DC found Solofa guilty of one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of justice.

According to evidence presented at the trial, in approximately early 2008, federal authorities began conducting an investigation into allegations of bribes being paid to American Samoa government officials over the purchase of bus parts and services.