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Judge wants answers in tax refunds civil suit

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall wants answers in a class action lawsuit that seeks the payment of tax refunds. During an in chambers meeting today, the judge questioned whether the plaintiffs, Jeffrey and Rea Paeste and Sharon Zapanta, received their tax refunds and whether the payment of refunds this past week has resolved the lawsuit. 

Those questions weren't answered today though.  Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Orcutt argues the case is moot since bonds were authorized and tax refunds have been paid and another series of bonds will be issued to pay the remaining portion of 2010 tax refunds as well as 2011 refunds. The plaintiffs' attorney declined to comment after today's meeting. 

In the meantime, it should be noted that the plaintiffs want access to the Department of Revenue & Taxation computers and e-mail messages as they seek evidence to support their claim that some taxpayers received preferential treatment when they got their refunds expedited.

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