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Former DHSS employee Vincent Toeava
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The mastermind behind the food stamp fraud scheme who pled guilty to 2 counts of forgery was sentenced last week to 14 years - straight sentence. In delivering his decision for Vincent Toeava last Friday morning, Chief Justice Michael Kruse said that it was difficult for...
TBAS welcome sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a short press statement, Territorial Bank of American Samoa reports it has been advised by Mastercard – the TBAS card provider — that the TBAS cards are currently down.  Mastercard has identified the problem and is currently working to resolve it, according to TBAS....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Due to the lack of a US carrier to provide American Samoa’s domestic flights, the Samoa government owned Polynesian Limited, dba, Samoa Airways is seeking another exception to operate Manu’a flights. Samoa Airways earlier this year was granted an exemption by the US...
StarKist Tuna can with dolphin safe labeling
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — US Justice Department contends that StarKist Co., can sell a portion of its $154 million interest in Techpack Solution Inc., to pay its $100 million criminal fine, under a plea agreement for the company’s participation in a conspiracy to fix the price of canned tuna in...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The High Court has denied a motion by private attorney, Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei, to dismiss the government’s case against his client, Togamamao Letuligasenoa, who is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). The court...
Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men accused of failing to comply with conditions of their release on bond were re-arrested earlier this month after they tested positive for marijuana. Sefulu Mike Kelemete and Allen Snow were arraigned last month and appeared in High Court last Friday for a first...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), earlier this month, a daughter of American Samoa was recognized for superior academic achievement. Melelene T. Matautia, a student at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, has been selected as a member of the NSHSS,...
Just say no to marijuana symbol
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of unlawful possession of two hand rolled marijuana cigarettes was arrested  last week and thereafter, made his initial appearance before District Court Judge Elvis P. Patea. Filo Willie, 34, is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — According to their fiscal year 2018 audit, the Territorial Bank of American Samoa or TBAS received a $1.85 million capital infusion from the American Samoa Government in FY 2018, without it being brought to the Fono by the administration for legislative appropriation....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Since early this week, rumors have been circulating about tax refund checks being released today. In a brief statement yesterday morning, ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a corrected what he calls  “misinformation being put out in the community” that tax refunds were...

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