Warrant Had to Be Issued for Topasna Who Failed to Appear for Incarceration on Land Scam Conviction

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Guam – Albert Topasna Jr. failed to report to the Department of Corrections last October 1st to begin serving his 60 day sentence after he was found guilty last may of Theft by Deception.

Court Spokeswoman Maria Cenzon confirms that after Topsana failed to show up, a warrant was issued for his arrest. And he was taken into custody by Court Marshals last November 30th, nearly 2 months after he was supposed to enter DOC to serve his time.

Topasna is currently incarcerated at the Department of Corrections pending a hearing scheduled for February first before Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo.

Topasna was found guilty of selling a piece of land for $12-thousand dollars that he did not own to another family member. When the victim tried to register the property at land management he was told that the property did not belong to Topasna.

During his sentencing hearing last August, Prosecutor David Rivera called Topasna’s case a “classic land scam” and asked for a 3-year jail term. But Judge Bordallo disagreed and suggested that the victim of the scam bears some responsibility because he fell for Topasna’s offer.

It is not clear why Topasna failed to appear for the start of his jail term. The question of whether he will face additional penalties as a result of his failure to  appear and subsequent arrest will be decided at the February first parole hearing.