4 Jan 2010

Private use of public car queried in American Samoa

3:40 pm on 4 January 2010

The Department of Public Safety in American Samoa has been asked to investigate how it has come about that a vehicle which was bought with government funds is being used as a private car by an employee of the Department of Port Administration.

The Port Director, Matagi Ray McMoore, has written to the Commissioner of Public Safety, Tuaolo Fruean, saying that several months ago, his department purchased a fleet of vehicles and a laptop from an off-island vendor.

He said a member of his staff, Fanene Vitale Sooto, arranged the purchase

However, one of the vehicles is now being used as a family car.

Matagi says he also does not know what has happened to the laptop and has asked the police commissioner to investigate.