18 Oct 2005

Two American Samoan top officials get jail terms for fraud

5:29 pm on 18 October 2005

A court in Hawaii has sentenced two top officials from American Samoa to jail terms.

The former Director of Education Doctor Sili Sataua was sentenced to 30 months in prison, while the former Deputy Director of Human and Social Services, Patolo Mageo, received a jail term of 15 months in prison.

In January, Sili pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit bribery and fraud concerning federal programmes.

Mageo pleaded guilty in June last year to conspiracy to defraud the federal government.

Mageo will begin serving his jail term on the 29th of November while Sili does not turn himself in to a federal prison camp until January the 5th.