3 May 2013

American Samoa politician sentenced for misuse of official information offence

1:41 pm on 3 May 2013

The vice speaker of the House of Representatives in American Samoa, I'aulualo Talia Faafetai, has been ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and fined 500 US dollars for the misuse of official information.

The offence occurred when I'aulualo was director of the Department of Human and Social Services.

He had pleaded no contest to the charge in March in a case that was described by Associate Justice Lyle Richmond, the defense and the government as one motivated by I'aulualo's desire to aid a dying woman.

I'aulualo admitted he had ensured a worker received wages despite being away from work getting medical treatment.

The woman, who has since died, had used up all her annual and sick leave.