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US court allows Rota mayor to travel to Guam

THE District Court for the NMI has approved Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig’s request to travel to Guam to attend the Association of Mariana Islands Mayors, Vice Mayors and Elected Municipal Council Members’ 25th general assembly on Jan. 9, 2019.

Efraim M. Atalig

Atalig, through attorney David Banes, said he plans to depart for Guam on Jan. 8 and return to Rota on Jan. 10.

The U.S. government does not oppose Atalig’s travel request, Banes told the court.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has scheduled the jury trial of Atalig and his girlfriend Evelyn Atalig for March 12, 2019.

The two were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, theft from program receiving federal funds, and two counts of false statements.

According to the U.S. government, they arranged CNMI-government funded trips to California, Palau, Guam, and Saipan under fraudulent pretenses.

In Superior Court, Mayor Atalig and seven of his resident directors were charged with theft and misconduct in public office by the CNMI Office of the Attorney General.

They are accused of taking government-funded per diem and salary compensation to attend a Republican campaign rally held on Guam on June 23, 2018.

They performed illegal acts under the color of office, the AG’s office said.

Mayor Atalig’s co-defendants are Department of Labor Resident Director Dexter Apatang, Department of Commerce Resident Director Dean Manglona, Department of Finance Resident Director Josepha Manglona, Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Resident Director Dennis Mendiola, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Resident Director Magdalena Mesngon, Department of Public Safety Resident Director Eusebio Manglona and Department of Public Works Resident Director Vanessa Charfauros.