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Rota mayor, girlfriend ask US court for more time to prepare for trial

ROTA Mayor Efraim Atalig and his girlfriend Evelyn Atalig have asked the federal court for more time to prepare for trial. They also requested the court to reschedule the trial for March 12, 2019.

The U.S. government is accusing the two of arranging CNMI government-funded trips to California, Palau, Guam and Saipan under fraudulent pretenses.

Efraim M. Atalig

They were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, theft from program receiving federal funds and false statements.

Both pled not guilty and are on  pre-trial release.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has scheduled their jury trial for  Jan. 15, 2019 at 10 a.m.

 Attorney David Banes represents the Rota mayor while attorney Steven Pixley represents Evelyn Atalig.

 The lawyers said the stipulated request for a continuance of the trial is grounded upon substantial justice.

The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric O’Malley,  concurred with the stipulation filed by the defendants.

 According to the stipulation, the ends of justice would be served by continuing the jury trial date and vacating both the current trial and pre-trial motions dates.

Charges of theft and misconduct in public office have  also been filed in CNMI Superior Court against the Rota mayor and seven resident directors.

The mayor and Rota Department of Public Safety Resident Director Eusebio Manglona have pled not guilty to the local court charges.

 The arraignment of the six other resident directors has been set for Dec. 28 at the Rota courthouse.