Thursday, August 28, 2008
American Samoa: Two Officials Move to Dismiss Fraud and Bribery Charges in D.C. federal district court
News from American Samoa, courtesy of the East-West Center and Radio New Zealand International. The Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa, Faoa Ipulasi Sunia, and a Senator from American Samoa, Tulifua Tini Lam Yuen, have asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss a federal fraud and bribery charges against them connected to the awarding of local Department of Education contracts. The defendants say that the alleged acts occurred before the statute of limitation expired, or when they were not agents of the government.
U.S. federal prosecutors reportedly argue that the charges were proper because the alleged crimes committed by the defendants were a continuing offense.