21 Apr 2017
- By Emmanuel T. Erediano - email@example.com - Variety News Staff
A FORMER employee of the Department of Finance was sentenced to two years of house arrest for embezzlement.
Ana Castro Cepeda appeared in Superior Court on Tuesday with Assistant Public Defender Nancy Dominski while the government was represented by Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds.
In a three-page sentencing order, Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo said after considering the facts of the case, the recommendations of counsel, and the mitigating and aggravating circumstances, the court sentences Cepeda to house arrest for a period or two years to be monitored very closely by the Office of Adult Probation.
She may only leave her house to go to church, prayer meetings, and attend to medical emergencies for herself, her husband, or anyone else in her family.
She must seek permission to leave her home from the Office of Adult Probation for any other reasons not included in the order.
She will be placed under supervised probation for a year after the house arrest, and must pay restitution to the CNMI government in an amount to be determined by the Office of Adult Probation.
She will pay a $1,000 fine or perform 200 hours of community work service, and pay a $100 court fee.
She must write letters of apology to Fermin Sakisat, David and Doris Atalig and the Department of Finance, and must stay away from the Department of Finance,
She must refrain from seeking employment with the government for two years.
Cepeda, 48, was arrested in Oct. 2015 on five counts of theft or embezzlement, five counts of theft by deception and five counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.
She pled guilty to embezzling $3,500 paid by some clients of the Members Home Loan program.