DIRECTOR OF MINI-GAMES IN AMERICAN SAMOA STEPS DOWN

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DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN SAMOA MINI-GAMES STEPS DOWN

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 25, 1997 - Samoa News)--- The Executive Director of the South Pacific Mini-Games Organizing Committee, Myron Thompson, has been asked by Lt. Governor Togiola Tulafono to step down from his post and has agreed to do so.

Tulafono, who also serves as Mini-Games Co-Chairman, told the Samoa News that he asked Thompson to resign after learning that Thompson had pled "no contest" to Hawaii charges regarding involvement in an illegal church-related bingo game. Thompson is held responsible for helping to organize the event in Hawaii several years ago.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 3.

Thompson had been serving as Executive Director for several months. According to Lt. Governor Togiola, who had initially asked Thompson to help organize the Mini-Games, Thompson was working as a volunteer, without pay.

Assistant Executive Director Junior Seui has taken over Thompson's duties.

Seui is a government employee, who had been serving as Superintendent of Parks prior to being given his Mini-Games assignment.

The games are scheduled to begin on August 11.

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