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Court staffer allegedly stole payments

by Nick Delgado

Guam - Allegations of theft have surfaced out of the one place that is supposed to bring justice to the community. A clerk at the Superior Court of Guam is under investigation after she was accused of taking money from customers who made payments at the court.

The initial complaint, we understand, came from a customer who told police he had paid $400 for a purported $500 ticket that he was told he owed. The female clerk allegedly showed the man a bogus judge's order that indicated he owed $500 for a traffic citation. Instead of paying the fine at the cashier booth directly across the Traffic Fine Counter at the Judiciary in Hagatna, the clerk allegedly told the man to pay her. The customer said he could only pay 400 dollars, which the clerk is alleged to have pocketed.

The incident didn't come to light until the customer tried to go back and pay the additional one hundred he thought he owed for his fine. The clerk reportedly told him she would take care of the remaining balance raising suspicion.

While the Marshals Division is conducting its own investigation, the Guam Police Department's Government Corruption Task Force is also investigating to determine if this was an isolated case or if there are others who may have paid fines that were not credited to their respective cases.

KUAM News has confirmed the clerk in question, whose identity has not been revealed, returned the money and immediately resigned. Court Policy, Planning and Communications Director Maria Cenzon could not provide specifics about the case, only saying the court is looking into the incident. Cenzon said she couldn't comment any further because it is a personnel matter, but she did say that those in the public who have questions about their particular citations or those who may have made payments with any court employee rather than at the cashier window, can contact the administration of the courts.

Police meanwhile are not releasing any information about the ongoing investigation only confirming they confiscated $500 in cash from the judiciary today and they are trying to determine if more individuals were involved.

Anyone in the public with concerns is urged to contact the adminstrator of the court perry taitano at 475-3544.

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