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Ex-American Samoa official sentenced for taking bribes from Hawaii company

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OAKLAND, Calif. » A former government official for American Samoa has been sentenced to federal prison for bribery.

Evelyn Langford was sentenced Friday in Oakland to nearly two years behind bars. She was ordered to repay $260,000 to the government of America Samoa, a self-governing U.S. territory.

Langford accepted $260,000 in 2012 to help the Native Hawaiian Holding Company pitch business ideas to the American Samoa government.

At the time, Langford was director of the government’s Department of Human Resources.

Langford, who now lives in Copperas Cove, Texas, pleaded guilty in March to wire fraud and bribery.

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