10 Sep 2015

US working for return of American Samoan hacked funds

1:39 pm on 10 September 2015

The United States is still trying to get more than a million US dollars in aid to American Samoa returned from Vietnam after a bank account was hacked.

The illegal transfer of US$1.3 million in federal aid surfaced three years ago when one of the government's accounts with the Bank of Hawai'i was hacked and the money was wire transferred to a bank in Vietnam.

The government there has frozen the funds following requests from the territory and the FBI.

American Samoa's Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says the US departments of State and Justice are still working on behalf of American Samoa to have the funds returned to the territorial government as soon as possible.

He says the money was to have been turned over earler this year.

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