by Nick Delgado
Guam - Attorney Curtis Van De Veld is off the hook. In an order handed down today by District Court Judge Joaquin Manibusan, the court found that Van De Veld should not be held in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to surrender $30,000 he received in payment.
The attorney received the payment from his former client, Kenrick Gajo, following a Guam Police department raid back in January. Gajo turned over more than $130,000 and also paid Van De Veld for representing him and getting him a plea agreement. The U.S. Attorney's Office attempted to go after the money paid to Van De Veld, saying that was from drug proceeds and should have been forfeited along with the other money.
The attorney, however, said he had already spent the money. Judge Manibusan found that because there was no evidence to contradict Van De Veld's claim that he couldn't comply and because he has never deliberately ignored a court order in the past, the court determined he should not be held in contempt.