28 Dec 2012

American Samoa immigration officer arrested over ID scam

1:16 pm on 28 December 2012

An immigration officer in American Samoa has been arrested in connection with an immigration ID scam, involving two Chinese nationals and a Samoan woman.

Save Polone has appeared in the District Court where he was charged with two counts of forgery and one count of public servant acceding to corruption.

Also charged is a Samoan woman, Matagi Lelilio, with one count of bribing a public servant.

The two Chinese women told police they were not aware that their immigration IDs were fake.

The pair, who have not been not charged, are expected to be witnesses for the government if the case proceeds to a trial.

Polone and Lelilio, who are both in custody, are due back in court next week.