AG to Appoint Special Prosecutor to Investigate Illegal Raises at Adelup


The AG had determined that the retroactive payments the governor’s office gave to unclassified employees at Adelup in December 2014 were illegal.

Guam – Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson announced that she will be appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the retroactive payments that were given to unclassified employees at Adelup.

The attorney general recused herself from reviewing the matter due to ethical and legal obligations.


The retroactive payments were made back in December 2014. But after several inquiries made by Vice Speaker BJ Cruz, Barrett-Anderson determined that the payments were made illegally.


In a release, the AG’s Office announced that Chief Prosecutor Phil Tydingco will be in charge of the procurement of an independent prosecutor for the case while two members from the Guam Bar Association and a senior prosecutor from the AG’s Office will evaluate the RFP proposals.


Meanwhile, the governor’s office sent out a statement in response to Barrett-Anderson’s announcement.


The Attorney General today announced her intent to seek an independent prosecutor to conduct a review of the pay raise issue. The administration has responded to the questions of the Legislature and the media, providing hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of requested documents. We will extend the same courtesy and transparency to the independent prosecutor who will be looking into this months-long issue,” the governor’s office said in a release.