A former employee of Samoa Tuna Processors Incorporated in American Samoa has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the company.
Filoiali'i Mat'au appeared in the District Court earlier this week on charges of stealing, first degree burglary and second-degree property damage.
Last month, the defendant is said to have reported to management the company safe, which had 41,000 US dollars in cash, was missing from the office.
He later admitted that after he was laid off by Samoa Tuna Processors, he broke into the cannery office and took the safe.
He said he went used a hammer, knife, screw driver to force entry into the office.
Mr Mata'u's girlfriend told police he admitted to taking 23,000 US dollars from his former employer