B.J. Cruz Says Special Prosecutor Should Also Look Into Reimbursement of Retro Pay

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The Vice-Speaker says that the A.G. made the right and ethical decision by choosing to hire a special prosecutor

Guam – Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz says he’s pleased with Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett Andersen’s decision to hire a special prosecutor to look into the illegal raises or bonuses given to Adelup staffers.

 

 The Vice-Speaker found these illegal raises after sending the administration freedom of information act requests. After receiving payroll documents Cruz saw large lump sum payouts that looked like bonus payments. The Governor’s office said they weren’t bonus payments but rather raises. However, the A.G. initially looked into the matter and found that the raises were illegal and recommended that the staffers repay the their raises back to the Government of Guam which was done but done in a way that was also found to be improper Staffers were cut checks by the Administration which the staffers then turned back over to the Administration to pay off what they owed. Vice-Speaker Cruz then called for the Attorney General to hire a special prosecutor and yesterday the A.G. announced that she would do just that. However, the independent prosecutor will only be looking at the pay raises given in 2014. “I really do believe that the independent prosecutor should look at not only the retroactive pay raises that were given in December but should also look at the reimbursement of retroactive pay that was done November, December of 2015, because in my review those are more culpable and probably should be included in whatever action the independent prosecutor takes,” said Cruz.

 The Vice-Speaker says that the A.G. made the right and ethical decision by choosing to hire a special prosecutor