JURY CONVICTS FORMER AMERICAN SAMOA CREDIT UNION MANAGER OF FRAUD

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 10, 2001 – Radio Australia)---A jury in Washington, D.C. has found the former manager of the public service credit union in American Samoa guilty of more than thirty charges of fraud and embezzlement.

Bernard Gurr had been on trial for three weeks.

He's now being held in custody awaiting his sentence, which will be handed down in about six weeks.

During the trial, a national credit union examiner, Peter Steiger, testified that on the day the federal regulators moved in on the American Samoa Government Employee's Credit Union, Gurr had emptied a drawer full of cash and checks totaling more than $35,000 into his briefcase.

He'd also stuffed credit union loan records into his briefcase until it was overflowing.

According to Steiger, those records included overdue loans that had been taken out by Gurr and several of his family members.

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