Jailers accused of sending inmates on unsupervised beer runs

Eric Pfeiffer

Two corrections officers at American Samoa's only jail are accused of letting some inmates leave the jail to go on shopping trips for beer and chips.

Officers Fiti Aina and Rocky Tua are being investigated after one of the Territorial Correctional Facility's inmates escaped.

According to court documents, one inmate said he was allowed to travel outside the jail to buy beer for a fellow inmate and also to pick up chips and cookies for Officer Tua.

The officers are now charged with aiding the escape of a prisoner, permitting escape and public servant acceding to corruption. They are being held on $10,000 bail each.

After the inmate escaped, police investigated his cell and found beer that appeared to have been purchased at a local store.

Another inmate who was allowed to go on a beer and food run is currently serving a 40-month prison sentence after assaulting a civilian with a machete.