5 Jul 2012

FBI's Pago Pago closure raises fears of rise in corruption

5:49 pm on 5 July 2012

The closure of the FBI's Pago Pago office is raising fears in American Samoa of a rise in white collar crime.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is phasing out its operation in the territory which opened in 2006 and has investigated many high profile cases of corruption and other crime.

American Samoa will be covered by the FBI from Honolulu but says it is committed to investigating issues of national security and federal crime in the territory.

Our correspondent in American Samoa Fili Sagapolutele says local people bombarded the office with tips, information and documents concerning corruption and they now fear this could rise.

"Corruption not only in government but corruption probably in the private sector, the fear of more human trafficking, illegal activities transiting or coming through American Samoa."

Our correspondent in Pago Pago Fili Sagapolutele