Former Prestige Auto legal counsel seeks to quash motion

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A motion hearing was held Monday.

Guam – Prestige Automobile’s former legal counsel, Attorney Rawlen Mantanona, is seeking to quash a subpoena issued to him.

The Attorney General’s Office is demanding documents related to 10 individuals, seeking affidavits for their vehicle registration and other personal information. Although Mantanona no longer represents Shen’s Corporation, the parent company of Prestige Auto, he says the documents were prepared when he was still their lawyer and therefore the documents are protected under the “work product” doctrine.

Prestige Auto and at least two of its former or current employees were indicted on charges of identity theft, conspiracy, forgery and other fraud-related charges last December. They are accused of developing a scheme to fraudulently register vehicles under stolen identities which are then shipped off to China.