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Anetipa tax fraud case set for trial in May


A federal judge in Alaska has declared as “complex and unusual” the U.S. Justice Department cases against an American Samoan accused of making false tax claims against the U.S. government by using tax forms from people residing in American Samoa who are not entitled to tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason at the federal court in Anchorage rescheduled for later this year, the federal case against Pepe Anetipa, who was charged early last month under a 28 count indictment.

ASG expects over $10 million in new private capital from small biz initiative


American Samoa anticipates generating just over $100 million in new private capital for local small businesses under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding allocation which was designed by the federal government to help states and territories strengthen existing loan and equity programs and/or create new programs that support financing small businesses.

Fight over lottery game lands man in Samoa court

A man who operates a lottery game, referred to locally as “ponesi” (bonus) has landed in Court after a woman claimed he has not paid her all her winnings.

Foimai Tapuolo, who is represented by lawyer, Edelma Niumata, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft against him.

The charge was brought upon him by the Police after Rosa Ainu’u lodged a complaint.

Prosecuting on behalf of the Police is Fetu Lagaaia while presiding over the matter is Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

Uaealesi Mosooi a le FAFIGE FAIKAKALA



PBS channel hopefully back on air this weekend


If all goes according to plan, Office of Public Information director Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde says KVZK-TV’s PBS channel is expected to be back on air this weekend.
As previously reported by Samoa News, a power outage on the night of Jan. 5 caused all KVZK channels to go off the air, and when the power was restored that same night, a surge burned out the circuit boards in the satellite receivers and decoders.

First House Veterans’ Affairs hearing examines VA construction program’s longstanding legacy of mismanagement and waste

Media release from Aumua Amata's office

This week has been extremely busy with the President’s State of the Union Address and our very first House Veteran’s Affairs full Committee hearing this year.  Congresswoman Aumua Amata attended both events.  

Samoa gov't cracks down on child labor

Shops and businesses be warned!

Selling goods to young people who should be in school and encouraging them to re-sell it is illegal and it could land you in jail.

That’s the combined message from the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and the Ministry of Police as they step up the enforcement of the country’s Compulsory Education Law.

With most students returning to school next Monday, the Ministries will have three teams of officials monitoring areas where young street vendors are known to congregate instead of going to school.

Catholic Schools Week focuses on value of Catholic education


The Dioceses of Samoa Pago Pago invites the community to be part of the National Catholic Schools Week in American Samoa starting Sunday with the Mass at Fatuoaiga. The annual celebration is marked by Catholic education systems across the U.S. and runs all week, Jan. 25 - 31.

Polynesian seeking another 30-day waiver for Manu’a service


As there is still no U.S. carrier to operate American Samoa’s domestic air service,  Polynesian Airlines has again requested of the U.S. Department of Transportation another 30-day cabotage waiver in order to continue flying between Tutuila and Manu’a.
The Samoa government’s current waiver exemption expires Jan. 30, and the airline— in a Jan. 16 letter—requested cabotage approval through Feb. 28, saying that there is a clear need for continued service for an additional 30 days.

Senate, DPS leaders divided on move to arm police officers


While Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has approved the arming of police officers, Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie told Public Safety officials that he is against such a move and urged DPS to work closely with traditional village leaders to identify trouble makers before problems occur.

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