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Auckland, New Zealand (NiuFM, May 25) - Niue's police minister has admitted he had to back off from jailing the Americans who owe them thousands of dollars because they could be "emotionally unstable."

Fisa Pihigia says they've coughed up $200,000 but they still owe $250,000.

Pihigia says he was allowed to jail them under a court order he secured but decided not to after advice that the group might try to hurt themselves.

The Americans have been on The Rock for more than a year now and have with them two children.

They originally owed $450,000 but managed to get $200,000 sent to them recently.

Very few locals have seen the two families who according to sources spend most of their time in the rooms at Matavai Resort.

Fisa Pihigia, whose also the Immigration Minister, says he, too, has never met them.

He says he's only seen their passport photos.

Pihigia agreed it was a strange situation but went on to say that it was perhaps the best thing for them to keep a low profile.

The group is connected to the international cult, The Maha Devi Ascencion Movement, and are understood to have been evicted by authorities in Samoa for pulling a similar scam.

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