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Photos of back and front of fake $5 bill.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Counterfeit bills are being circulated in the territory, even in $5 denominations. According to the organizers of a barbecue fundraiser on the west side, the money collected from their plate sale was used to buy supplies for the next fundraiser. But — when they went to...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Pago Pago who was arrested and charged for burglarizing his aunty’s home told police that he had traded most of the stolen jewelry and “other stuff” at a place called “Le Aute” for methamphetamine. Faiaoga Satele, also known as Fred Satele made his initial...
StarKist employees entering the canning plant in American Samoa.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the decision by a federal court judge in San Francisco to sentence StarKist Co., to a fine of $100 million “is unsettling for me, given the potential adverse impact on its proposed production capacity expansion” for its StarKist Samoa plant...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Three faipule have proposed major changes to the ASG Employees’ Retirement Fund law, which include having three members elected by Retirement Fund members and mandating an annual board meeting to be held in American Samoa. Sponsored by Reps. Larry Sanitoa, Andra Samoa,...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An overstayer from Samoa who pled guilty to meth possession is ordered to serve 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), as a condition of her 5-year probation sentence. Lili Apolo — who has been in the territory illegally for 11 years — appeared in High...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man involved in the case where 4 males were charged and convicted of shooting at the Leone Substation a few years ago was arrested last week on drug charges. Sinapati Tuufaanatu made his initial appearance in District Court this week. He later waived his right to a...
Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson (right) and two other Public Safety officials
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Police Commissioner Le’i Sonny Thompson and two other Public Safety officials appeared Wednesday morning for about 15-minutes for the Dept. of Public Safety’s FY 2020 budget hearing before the Fono Joint Budget Committee. Among the handful of issues raised during the...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, in a memorandum dated Sept. 9, 2019, has once again raised the longstanding issue of government vehicle abuse. Addressed to the Secretary of Samoan Affairs, CEOs, directors, and executive directors of ASG departments and agencies, Lolo...
The ASPA Operations building in Tafuna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Revenue projection for utility rates for the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA) FY 2020 budget proposal is based on the assumption that — among other things — the authority’s board of directors will approve a base rate hike effective next month, collecting just over $...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $1.8 million in tax refund checks - covering both local and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) — will be released on Friday, Sept. 13th. In a brief statement issued Wednesday afternoon, ASG Treasurer, Uelinitone Tonumaipe’a said Friday’s tax refunds are for...

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