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Two police captains feuding

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - There's a feud within the force that's been brewing for some time and now the parties are taking their case to outside entities hoping to get some resolution. Allegations have been raised that there is misconduct and criminal activity going on in the police department.

Former police chief Captain Paul Suba alleges there is conduct unbecoming sworn members of the Guam Police Department.  He's invoked the Public Employee Protection Act, also known as "The Whistleblower's Act", and filed a complaint detailing the allegations of wrongdoing that he believes is being covered up in the agency. "I filed a Civil Service [Commission] complaint citing the Public Employee Protection Act or Whistleblower Act," he detailed. "At the same time. I've gone to see the AG and filed a harassment complaint."

In the complaint, Suba claims that since Captain Mark Charfauros was brought into the police department - notably when Suba was the top brass - "a disturbing chain of events has occurred and continues to escalate". Suba said, "I have no intent against anyone that would do them harm, but I need this just to stop completely. No more harassment, no more contriving of bogus reports."

Suba believes he became the target of retaliation after he filed an incident report alleging criminal and official misconduct committed by Captain Charfauros.  As we first reported, Yona resident Frank Balajadia filed a criminal trespass complaint against the former senator and was informed by Suba that Charfauros allegedly asked another officer to beat him up - something Charfauros vehemently denies.

"What has been brought out in this particular incident is he (Suba) told someone that I hade made plans to have someone beat up in Yona, which again wasn't true," Charfauros maintained. "Again, it was tied into him (Suba), so if anything was going on in Yona, it was all fabricated by Paul Suba."

Suba claims that a day after he filed the incident report, the next day he returned to Tiyan to find a bunch of officers around his loaner vehicle. He was told that the car would be towed, recalling, "I was told it was going to be towed and under investigation because there was an anonymous caller that reported it being suspicious."

That followed with an anonymous call of an alleged cover-up when he was the chief of police. All of that prompted Suba to file the complaint with the CSC, claiming that Police Chief Fred Bordallo is aware of unbecoming conduct of several officers, but claims the top brass is "shielding and protecting Charfauros from any and all disciplinary action".  Suba also made claims of improper relationships between Charfauros and another uniformed officer, fraud, waste and abuse and official misconduct.

Said Charfauros, "I'm very surprised that former chief Suba would stoop that low as to insinuating publicly outright lies." He additionally stated, "It basically appears to be a vendetta not against Paul Suba but against Mark Charfauors for questioning and asking him to own up to certain things that he is performing as a division chief for GPD. And I am still waiting for an answer."

'What Paul Suba is doing is shameful and he's just go to stop."

Suba meanwhile contends he's doing the right thing and hopes somebody investigates and gets to the bottom of what he believes is happening and ruining the police department. "My greatest concern is these things disrupt our daily operations and could compromise how we perform our duties involving the safety of the community," he said.

Chief Bordallo declined to comment on any of the issues in our story. Meanwhile the Internal Affairs investigation into Charfauros' alleged criminal trespass and solicitation of an officer to assault a Yona resident continues.

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