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Local woman now living in Alaska indicted for federal tax fraud


A woman from American Samoa who has been living in Alaska was indicted late last month for making false, fictitious, and fraudulent tax claims against the U.S government.
Pepe Anetipa, 58, is alleged to have filed falsified tax returns claiming total refunds of at least $202,859. Anetipa was arrested in Washington state early this month and and arraigned last week at the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska where she pleaded not guilty.

Flood advisory in effect for all islands

Source: TEMCO media release

The National Weather Service issued a FLOOD ADVISORY for Tutuila, Manu’a, Swains and Aunu’u islands until 12 noon. today, Monday, December 22, 2014. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH also remains in effect due to heavy rainfall and stream runoffs. Flooding may cause small streams to overflow, resulting in flooding in low lying areas and roadways.

House leadership urged to give territories full voting privileges in Committee of the Whole


As the leadership of the Republican controlled U.S House drafts rules and policies for the new Congress which convenes next month, a House Democratic leader has urged the Republican leadership to extend voting privileges to congressional delegates from the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories to vote in the Committee of the Whole.

Man gets 16 years in jail for 14 burglaries


A man who committed 14 burglaries involving six stores, a church, two restaurants and five homes was sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Robinson returns to CoC board chairman seat

Sees better days ahead for local economy

With a multi million investment in a new cannery plus economic initiatives pushed by the Lolo Administration, the Chamber of Commerce board is banking on a better economy for American Samoa in the new year, says David Robinson, the Chamber’s new board chairman.
The private sector has been concerned with the lack of new major investments which create more jobs in American Samoa, while Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is working on moving forward several initiatives to boost the territory’s sluggish economy and create more jobs.

Amata responds to Rep. Hoyer's request: she prefers to work behind the scenes

U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, the Democratic Whip, has requested the Republican leadership to extend voting privileges to congressional delegates from the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories to vote in the Committee of the Whole.
In response to Samoa News inquires, Congresswoman-elect Aumua Amata issued yesterday the following press statement:

Mose Apelu ordered to depart territory after serving his sentence


Chief Justice Michael Kruse ordered a copy of the sentencing and judgment for Mose Apelu from Samoa, sent to the Chief Immigration Officer and the Chairman of the Immigration board as the defendant was previously sentenced to leave the territory in 2011 however was he arrested again this year.

DOH issues awareness precaution for holiday season


With holiday celebrations in full swing heading into Christmas next week, Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua reminds the community to take necessary health precautions when gathering with families and friends and keep in mind that the territory is in the flu season as well as experiencing the presence of Chikungunya.

Insular Area renewable energy needs included in fed bill


President Barack Obama signed Tuesday a federal measure, which includes provisions calling on the Interior Department to develop an action plan to address the renewable energy needs of insular areas and U.S. freely associated states.
Energy provisions for territories and freely associated states originated from the U.S. House as a stand-alone bill but was later included in the larger  “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015” in the U.S. Senate where it was approved.

Faleomavaega: Case Work protected by fed privacy law


Congressman Faleomavaega Eni’s office said all case work handled by his office for constituents is protected by federal privacy laws and therefore transfer of cases to any person outside of their office, is a violation of those strict federal laws.
According to a brief announcement published in Dec. 18 edition of Samoa News, the Delegate-elect's office - referring to Aumua Amata - has been unsuccessful in efforts to have open constituent case files transferred over.

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