Federal charges dropped in luxury car scam

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Guam – The misdemeanor charges against the CEO of Prestige automobile and his employee have been dismissed by the federal court.

Prestige CEO John Shen and employee Orlando Domingo, were facing charges of knowing or reckless disclosure or use of information by preparers of returns and aiding and abetting.

The charges are related to an alleged luxury car scam, however, because new evidence has been brought to light requiring a significant amount of investigation and analysis the government is not prepared to go to trial.

The two men are not only facing charges in federal court but in the Superior Court of Guam, related to the alleged luxury car scam.

“Given the seriousness of the felony charges in the Superior Court of Guam relative to the misdemeanors in this case, prosecutorial discretion is better and more economically exercised to the deployment of resources to the more serious case set for trial at the Superior Court of Guam and perhaps the filing of different criminal tax charges,” Chief Prosecutor Joseph Mcdonald stated.

District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan heard the argument yesterday and while the defense argued to dismiss the charges with prejudice, the court sided with the government to instead dismiss without prejudice.

As a result, the court imposed pre-trial release conditions on Shen and Domingo and they were ordered to surrender their passports.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.