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Cops in question not new to headlines

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Guam Police Department Captain Mark Charfauros has been placed on administrative leave for 20 days along with Police Captain Paul Suba and Officers Troy Anciano and Burt Carbullido. The leave is with pay and will allow the department to conduct Internal Affairs investigations. Many of those who have filed complaints or are the subjects of complaints have made headlines before.

GPD is trying to sort out the truth behind allegations against Captain Charfauros, who allegedly trespassed and solicited another officer to "deck a guy" in Yona. While they do that, the department's management has been accused of turning a blind eye to alleged unbecoming conduct that was detailed by former police chief Captain Paul Suba. In the Whistleblower Act complaint, Suba names Captain Charfauros, Officer Mercy Grino, Officer Eugene Charfauros and Lieutenant James Santos of engaging in unbecoming conduct, personal relations and fraud, waste and abuse of government resources.

Coincidentally it was Suba, during his stint as the top brass of the department, who brought Charfauros on board as a captain in the police department. 

You may recall Charfauros was terminated from the Guam International Airport Authority where he briefly served as chief of police. The former senator then entered into a controversial settlement that transferred him to GPD in the rank of a captain even though he'd only served as a Police Officer I for several years decades before. Charfauros was also named in an audit for the time he served as the Guam Baseball Federation president and allegedly paid himself to be the diamond keeper at the Paseo Stadium.

After bringing Charfauros on board, Suba was later forced to resign by the former administration after police conducted a raid on the KUAM Studios.  A search warrant was executed on our Harmon facility after we aired a story about Suba allegedly bypassing the hiring rules by allowing an individual on the force who did not pass his polygraph examination. Suba was forced to resign and returned to his post as a police captain. He recently revealed in a Whistleblower Act complaint with the Civil Service Commission that Charfauros was the prime suspect in the alleged leaked document that police were looking for during the raid on KUAM. 

Suba, of course, had made headlines before on numerous occasions including an infamous late night fishing trip on a federally-funded harbor patrol boat.

Then there's Officer Burt Carbullido who alleges he was solicited to go "deck a guy" with Captain Charfauros. In 2008 Carbullido was arrested for assaulting after he was caught on a mobile phone video involved in a bar fight in Tumon. The case was eventually dismissed after a civil compromise was reached with the victim, but it was against prosecutor's wishes as they said dismissal of the case would not ensure justice is served.

Carbullido now wants justice as he claims some in the department, including Captain Charfauros are acting inappropriately and in violation of department rule and regulations. He filed a whistleblower complaint outlining his concerns.

Officer Troy Anciano, who arrested Charfauros and allegedly pushed Attorney Curtis Van De Veld in the hallway of the Southern Precinct is the same officer who is named in a civil lawsuit filed by local businessman James Adkins. Anciano and another officer arrested Adkins for taking photos of a car crash with his mobile phone. Adkins has alleged the officers violated his civil rights.

And finally, there's Lieutenant James Santos. When Captain Suba was the chief of police, Santos filed a Whistleblower Act protection complaint alleging all sorts of alleged cover up's in the department. Santos was eventually demoted to the rank of Police Sergeant after a government corruption investigation alleged that he was spending time at an outside job during GPD work hours. He was never charged in court and was eventually given his rank back by his former supervisor and current chief Fred Bordallo who said Santos was using flex-time when he wasn't at the police department.

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