Local Attorney Charged With Mail Fraud And Money Laundering In CNMI

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Guam – The U.S. Attorney has filed a money laundering complaint in Saipan against Attorney Danilo T. Aguilar, an attorney licensed in both Guam and the CNMI.

Aguilar is alleged to have deposited a fake cashiers check for nearly $300-thousand dollars into a Bank of Guam account and later its alleged he withdrew the funds before the  bogus Cashier’s Check was discovered.

The complaint is based on an investigation by Internal Revenue Service Special Agent Shaun Morita.

Read the complaint filed in CNMI District Court

In his affidavit, Morita states that on March 13th of this year, attorney Aguilar told one of his employees to deposit a  $298,960  “‘Cashier’s Check’  purportedly drawn on Citibank” into a Bank of Guam business checking account in Upper Tumon.

In April, the same employee was told to go to the Bank of Guam and withdraw $236,766 of those funds in the form of another Cashier’s Check and deposit that Cashier’s Check into a First Hawaiian account. The employee also cashed a check written on the Bank of Guam account in the amount of $55,792.

On May 14th Citibank informed the Bank of Guam that the original “Cashier’s Check” for $289,960 was fraudulent. The Bank of Guam contacted Aguilar and informed him of the chargeback on the account.

On the same day, May 14th, Morita’s affidavit states that Aguilar then instructed another employee to withdraw $100-thousand from the First Hawaiian Branch in Saipan. And the next day, the same employee was told to withdraw another $84,947 from the same Saipan First Hawaiian Branch.

The affidavit states that Aguilar “knowingly conducted financial transactions affecting interstate commerce, which involved the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, that is , mail fraud.”