FORMER AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE JAILED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 17, 1997 - PACNEWS)---A former American Samoa government employee who embezzled United States government checks that were to be paid to local farmers whose crops were damaged by Hurricane Val in 1991 has been sentenced to 28 months in jail.

Salaina Tulafono was convicted of eight counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery for improperly using more than $5,000.

Tulafono (Ms.), who supervised the hurricane farming assistance program in the American Samoa Department of Agriculture, is eligible for release after one year in jail if she pays a $5,000 fine and about $4,000 in restitution within 12 months.

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