Vice Speaker Writes to AG Rapadas Asking Him to Get The Bonuses Back

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Guam – Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz  wants Attorney General Lenny Rapadas to look at the way the Special Achievement Bonus awards were implemented and given out.

In the wake of last week’s finding by former Acting Attorney General John Weisenberger’ that the bonus awards were not proper and should be returned, the Vice Speaker Friday told PNC News that he is sending a letter to the new Attorney General asking him to act on Weisenberger’s conclusions.

Read Vice Speaker Cruz’s letter to AG Rapadas

Cruz called the Special Achievement Awards “suspect” and possibly “criminal.” He points out that the new policy was not publicly announced until more than 2 months after the first bonuses were handed out. And only a limited number of departments were made aware of the program. Cruz wants Rapadas or the Department of Administration to get the money back.

He suggests that perhaps DOA could deduct the bonuses that were paid out from the paychecks of the GovGuam employees who got the bonues.

Four  unclassified agency heads received a total of just over $13-thousand dollars in bonuses and an additional  $400-thousand dollars was given out to classified employees.