28 Mar 2007

Head of American Samoa's Office of Homeland Security under investigation by FBI

9:43 am on 28 March 2007

The former head of American Samoa's Territorial Office of Homeland Security (TOHS) is under investigation by the U.S. government as part of the FBI's probe into spending of federal funds awarded to TOHS and the Territorial Office of Emergency Managament Coordinating Office

Leiataua B. Alailima was not allowed to board Sunday night's Hawaiian Airlines flight to Honolulu beause of a last minute stop order from the local Attorney General's Office.

The Samoa News reports that the 30-day stop order for Leiataua lists "conspiracy" as the offense and that its part of a federal investigation.

Acting Attorney General Frederick O'Brien says the stop order was based on a request from the FBI.

He declined to comment on the specifics of the stop order, or confirm that "conspiracy" was the offense listed on the order.