by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Ryan Ho is opposing the federal government's efforts to forfeit 14 U.S. Postal money orders that totaled more than $11,000. The feds contend the money was proceeds from illegal gambling and was given to him by his mother, Betsy Tang Ho, who was recently indicted in connection with money laundering and illegal gambling on the island.
Ryan Ho denies the allegations and contends he earned the money himself and is the rightful owner. He has asked the District Court to dismiss the case, saying the government has failed to provide any evidence that the money was linked to illegal activity.
A warrant of arrest remains outstanding meanwhile for Ho's mother, who is reportedly in China with a brain aneurysm and cannot return to answer to the criminal charges she faces on Guam.