5 Jul 2012

FBI to close American Samoa office

3:06 pm on 5 July 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it will close its American Samoa field office and consolidate operations at its office in Honolulu.

A Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI Honolulu Office, Vida G. Bottom, says the decision for the move was made by the U.S. Congress, citing budgetary reasons.

The Pago Pago office will be phased out over the next few months as equipment and supplies can be moved to Honolulu.

However, the FBI says it is committed to continuing investigations into issues of national security and federal criminal activity on American Samoa.

Opened in 2006, the office carried out many high-profile public corruption, civil rights and violent crime investigations that resulted in criminal convictions.