Guam – Chief District Court Judge Francis Tydingco-Gatewood has cancelled the April 8th trial date for Wai Kam Ho and issued a warrant for his arrest.
Ho was the owner of the now demolished MGM Spa in Tamuning. He, Jimmy Hsieh, William M. Perez, and Jennie Wen Chin Pau were indicted in December 2011 for running an illegal gambling business inside the spa.
Ho was granted permission to leave Guam last August in order to travel to China to attend to his sick wife. He was supposed to return from China on March 24th for a pre-trial conference, but his attorney, David Lujan, said he could not come because his wife’s surgery was scheduled for the same day. Lujan informed the court that Ho would return on April 1. The Judge demanded a copy of his airplane ticket and proof of his wife’s surgery. But Ho failed to produce any of the documentation ordered by the Court.
Citing Ho’s “repeated and blatant disregard of this court’s orders” Judge Tydingo-Gatewood concludes that “it is unknown at this point whether defendant will be returning to Guam for his trial”, and as a result ” the court hereby VACATES the trial date of April 8, 2014.”
The Judge also ordered Ho to be brought before her “upon execution of the arrest warrant” .
Ho is believed to be in mainland China which has no extradition treaty with the United States.