Former Yona Mayor Blas agrees to plead guilty to extortion

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Mayor Jesse Blas was arrested on federal extortion and bribery allegations.

Former Yona Mayor Jesse Blas has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to Extortion Under Color of Official Right.

According to the terms of the plea agreement filed in District Court today, Blas has admitted to obtaining money that “he was not entitled to receive.”

The plea agreement states that in the fall of 2018, “B.K.”, a cooperating defendant in an unrelated case, approached Blas at the direction of the FBI.

B.K. asked Blas for his help in obtaining one of the cluster boxes under the then mayor’s control “in order to receive packages of methamphetamine from the mainland.”

Blas then “proceeded to accept cash payments” from B.K. from November 2018 through January 2019 in return for continued use of the cluster mailbox.

Over the course of those three months, Blas accepted $11,700 “which represents the proceeds obtained as a result of the offense.”

The offense is a Class C felony that carries a maximum penalty of not more than 20 years in jail.

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However, the agreement states that the U.S. and Blas “agree to recommend that the court impose a three-year term of supervised release” with the following conditions:

*Blas must participate in drug testing;

*Blas’ person, home, vehicle, and belongings are subject to search at the direction of the probation officer;

*Blas must provide financial information including copies of his income tax and allow credit card checks;

*Blas would be prohibited from incurring any new debt; and

*Blas must participate in financial counseling and life skill programs

A change of plea hearing for Blas has been scheduled in District Court before Judge Joaquin Manibusan at 2 p.m. Friday.

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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.