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American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A second bus driver accused of using altered information to obtain a commercial permit to operate a bus was arrested by police last week. The driver, Makalio Alesana made his initial appearance in District Court last week. Alesana is charged with one count of fraud and...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A bus driver accused of using false information to apply for a commercial permit renewal was arrested by police and later charged by the government. Filipo Silipa made his initial appearance in District Court last week. He is charged with one count of criminal fraud and...
Federal District Courthouse Seattle, Washington
Seattle, WASHINGTON — The federal court in Seattle, Washington, has given an American Samoa woman sentenced last week to serve 27 months in prison, order to self surrender at a federal jail designated by the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Forty-year old Iliganoa Theresa Lauofo’s lengthy jail term...
Federal District Courthouse Seattle, Washington
Seattle WASHINGTON — US District Court Judge Richard A. Jones at the federal court in Seattle yesterday sentenced 40-year old Iliganoa Theresa Lauofo to 27 months in prison for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and embezzlement of mail by a postal employee, according to federal prosecutors and...
The Federal Court building in Seattle, Washington
Seattle, WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors say an American Samoa woman who has pled guilty to fraud and theft made a “decision to steal, month after month and year after year, resulting in dozens of discrete acts of theft,” according the US Justice Department sentencing statement filed with the...
The three co-defendants in the ASPA scam case
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government case against three members of a family in Futiga accused of using the ASPA (American Samoa Power Authority) service to get power illegally was dismissed with prejudice, after Judge Elvis P. Patea granted the government’s request for a dismissal. It was...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia has dismissed with prejudice the government’s case against an ASG employee who was accused of engaging in a scheme that defrauded the Workmen’s Compensation Board of a little over $100,000. (A court case that is dismissed with prejudice means...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 39-year old Samoan woman, residing in Tacoma, Washington, who allegedly used identities of children living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits, has pled guilty to three felony charges in connection with a seven-year benefit fraud scheme. Iliganoa...
U.S. Federal District Court for Western Dist. of Washington logo
Seattle WASHINGTON — A Samoan woman who is alleged to have used identities of children actually living in American Samoa and Samoa to obtain federal benefits, was charged last week at the federal court in Seattle, Washington under a 17-count indictment. Thirty-nine year old Iliganoa Theresa Lauofo...
Former police officer Mosese Lomu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Former police officer Mosese Lomu — facing criminal charges in two separate cases — was remanded to the custody of the court marshal, temporarily, last Friday, as issues with his bond were being ironed out. Lomu — who is out on bond — appeared in High Court for a...