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.