Notary public charged with forgery after businessman discovers suspicious activity


Guam – A notary public is an official of integrity appointed by state or government to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. But apparently the notary agent in this case was being anything but truthful or impartial.

It all started when local business owner recently noticed that a large percentage of his holdings for his company had been transferred to his daughter several years ago.

The businessman told police that he provided his daughter with a power of attorney to allow her to conduct the day-to-day business of his company while he was off island. But she apparently wanted to do more than just conduct the business, court papers suggest.

While the daughter, Sung Hee Hong, is identified in court documents, she was not charged.

Court documents state that Hong transferred the shares of her father’s company with help of Notary Public Bernadette Sumalde Cacayan when Hong’s father and mother were in Korea for medical treatment in August of 2015.

The court complaint states that documents had forged signatures of Hong’s father and mother.

Cacayan was confronted in May of this year but she could not provide an explanation concerning the discrepancies on the documents or the ledger.

As a result Cacayan was arrested and charged with forgery and notary misconduct.

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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.