19 Jan 2013

American Samoa immigration officials transferred out as probe starts

10:42 am on 19 January 2013

In American Samoa, senior officials at the immigration office are being transferred out while a probe on immigration office activities is underway.

On Friday, a directive from Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga ordered that Chief Immigration Officer, Ufuti Faafetai Ieremia, the deputy chief Kolomane Fuimaono and immigration officer Kalama Sekio step aside from their positions.

The governor's executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira confirmed that a memo from the governor was issued to Attorney General Leulumoega Suesue Lutu concerning the three immigration officials.

Their temporary removal is effectively immediately.

KHJ News understands the Attorney General's Office has more than one active investigation into improprieties at the Immigration Office, and there's indications that others in the AG's office may be implicated.