WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Oct. 11) - American Samoan businessman and vice-chairman of the government-owned Development Bank of American Samoa, Don Fuimaono, has been arrested on charges of criminal fraud and deceptive business practices.

Fuimaono, the eldest son of Senate President, Lutu Tenari Fuimaono, was taken into custody last night and his bail set at US$150,000.

He is due to appear in court later today.

The charges stem from an ongoing investigation by the government’s Task Force on White Collar Crime and Public Corruption into the misspending and misappropriation of funds for the School Lunch Program.

October 13, 2003

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