Pohnpei AG’s office files criminal charges against Chief Justice Rodriguez
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- Published: Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:39
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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
April 5, 2017
Pohnpei, FSM—Pohnpei’s Chief Justice Benjamin Rodriguez is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at the Pohnpei Supreme Court on criminal charges filed by the Pohnpei Attorney General’s office on March 24, 2017. Supreme Court Justice Anson will be the presiding justice.
In addition to his letter to the Pohnpei State Legislature recommending impeachment action against the Chief Justice, the Attorney General also filed a civil action seeking to recoup money that it charges the Justice illegally used.
The March 24 action additionally alleges that Rodriguez committed thirteen criminal offenses including three counts of “cheating”, three counts of “embezzlement”, one count of “Grand Larceny”, one count of “Theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received”, three counts of “misconduct in public office, and one count of “petit larceny”.
Rodriguez is innocent unless proven otherwise in court.