CNMI Public Servant Arrested on Corruption Charges

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Saipan – A former Office on Aging director was arrested after the Office of the Public Auditor charged her with using the office’s funds and materials for the needs of the Covenant Party during the 2009 elections and to build a fence at her house in Kagman.

The Saipan Tribune reports that Rose Mondala was taken to Superior Court on Friday where Associate Judge Joseph Camacho imposed a $7,500 cash bail.

The 69-year-old Mondala is being held on charges of theft; theft of services; forgery; use of office, staff or employees of public office; restraints on use of public position to obtain benefits for business or social acquaintances; restraints on use of public supplies, time and personnel for campaign activities; and misconduct in public office. Preliminary hearing will be on July 12 at 1:30pm.

OPA investigator Juanette David-Atalig stated in her report that the investigation began in September 2009 when their office received a complaint that then-Office on Aging director Mondala was using the office’s kitchen and staff to prepare food for the Covenant Party’s political rally.