4 Oct 2005

Top America Samoan official imprisoned for fraud

4:22 pm on 4 October 2005

A court in Hawaii has sentenced the American Samoan government's former chief procurement officer, Tafua Fa'au Seumanutafa to eight months in jail and three years of supervised release.

This coems after he pleaded guilty to being part of a conspiracy to defraud the United States.

The assistant US attorney, Daniel Schwager, said Seumanutafa was also ordered to pay 80,000 US dollars in restitution and a 5,000 dollar fine.

Seumanutafa had been alleged to pre-set the prices on several local Department of Education contracts for bookshelves and library furniture for public schools.

He admitted that he used his official position to approve and submit for payment from the territorial government.