by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The federal government has submitted an additional brief that was requested by District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan in their effort to have $30,000 forfeited by Attorney Curtis Van De Veld. The defense attorney has moved to dismiss the case, saying the money he received pursuant to a plea agreement he brokered for his former client, Kenrick Gajo, was already spent.
The feds argue that the money can be forfeited because they were proceeds of drug trafficking. Additionally they argue that no one has the authority to release forfeitable money even for defense attorney's fees.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karon Johnson has also asked the court to have Van De Veld account for the money, wherever it is.