Former American Samoa Official Jailed For Fraud

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Awarded contract after soliciting personal loan

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 27, 2015) –A former cabinet member in American Samoa, Evelyn Vaitautolu Langford, has been sentenced to 22 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $US 260,000.Langford served under former Governor Togiola Tulafono as director of Human Resources and Governor's Authorized Representative to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

She pleaded guilty to one count each of wire fraud and bribery.

She admitted asking for and obtaining loans from a company that was awarded a sole source contract of $US 4.7 million by the American Samoa government to provide training for displaced workers following the 2009 tsunami.

The two loans which Langford received from the company Native Hawaiian Holdings Company totalled $US 260,000.

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