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Investigation uncovers more problems

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The investigation on an inmate produce video showing a barbeque that included the warden is now complete and was given to Governor Felix Camacho today for his review. But despite the results of the report, it seems there are more problems when it comes to power at the Department of Corrections, and another investigation of possible missing funds.

According to Acting Corrections Director Lieutenant Antone Aguon a barbeque caught on camera featuring inmates, Warden Frank Crisostomo and Captain Joseph Lujan was legit. "It did not violate any of the department's rules or regulations; the barbeque was authorized by the warden and the warden had the authority to authorize it, the laptops were authorized by the warden," he explained. "They were exonerated of any wrong doing as a result of this investigation, there are currently right now taking some personal leave."

While the warden and Lujan have been cleared of any wrongdoing, the acting director says the inmates still face some heat for secretly taping inside prison walls. Aguon added that all 14 of the inmates featured in the inmate-produced film "Bad Boys Gone Good" have since been moved to administrative segregation unit in Post 6 pending the review of the Adjustment Classification Committee. "But not for the intended purpose of secretly recording the staff, that the inmates will face the inmate responsible for recording will be facing possible administrative charges" he said.

In the meantime despite the warden and Lujan being exonerated, the acting director has decided to move them to the Department of Youth Affairs, with Crisostomo challenging, "I don't think so for what reason that I go to DYA for what? What did I do? [sic]"

Crisostomo feels his transfer to DYA is a form of retaliation. In fact, Crisostomo says he filed a criminal complaint of official misconduct this week with the Guam Police Department against the acting DepCor director. Crisostomo says when first placed on leave he got a letter and three anonymous phone calls, saying Lt. Aguon was involved. He detailed, "What they say [sic] on that note is that the warden was set up by the acting director Lt. Antone Aguon, and that he has that video in his possession and he will expose it after the election...he informed the brother, a convicted criminal, to clear his computer because its going to expose the video, if he is holding the video why did he not report it to the authorities to the AG."

However, while Aguon admits he does have a brother behind bars, he says he is not aware of the complaint and denies the allegations. He questions why Crisostomo would only now file the complaint during the same time the barbeque investigation was released. But Crisostomo is confident in his complaint adding that this is another move by the department to tarnish his reputation. "One thing I can tell you I did not commit any crime," he strongly stated. "This is all political stuff - they're trying to damage my reputation here and the captain."

Crisostomo contends it was all planned so that Aguon could get the position he's in today.

Meanwhile, Aguon says he will continue to review the huge document with his staff to prevent this situation from happening again. In the meantime, as that investigation ends another begins as the acting director confirmed he met with Government Corruption Task Force Agent John Mantanona today. Aguon says GPD is looking into a pilot program where inmates create items for profit to go towards DepCor needs, telling KUAM News, "All they're doing is looking at the money that was raised, and where's the money? Who's accounting for the money and different things?"

While that investigation is underway, Governor Camacho is currently reviewing the report regarding the barbeque at the prison.

It's important to note that the investigation Aguon says does not make any mention of the governor's decision to terminate J.B. Palacios as DepCor's director.

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