Unsealed case reveals ongoing public corruption and drug investigation
A case was unsealed in the District Court today. Brenda Kinian not only struck a plea deal, but according to court documents, she is also participating in ongoing federal investigations into public corruption and drugs.
Could it be "Brenda" the confidential informant named in Yona Mayor Jesse Blas case?
Kinian entered a guilty plea on Sept.26, 2018. She was charged with extortion by wrongful use of threatened force, violence or fear and aiding and abetting extortion under pretense of office and employment.
According to court documents, she was arrested for a robbery scheme that occurred between April 2017 to May 2018 that involved the A. Market in Agat. She lived behind the store and told the owners she could get them FBI protection from further crimes and threats of violence.
Kinian unlawfully collected $450,000 from the owners in exchange for the protection.
According to court documents, a motion to continue a status hearing for Brenda Kinian was made because quote "the defendant continues to assist the government on ongoing investigations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal law enforcement agencies involving public corruption and narcotics trafficking."
As reported, the government's confidential source that posed as a drug trafficker in Yona Mayor Jesse Blas' case has only been identified as the name Brenda thus far. It was stated in court that she has been relocated for her own safety.
In Kinian's case a motion was made to release the defendant's passport and allow travel twice. The first to Chuuk in July 2019 to visit family and the second on August 1, 2019 to Yap for 90 days for security quote "the government believes that a security risks exist for Ms. Kinian and requests the defendant be allowed to travel to Yap and remain there for 90-days unless she is required by the court to appear for a hearing here on Guam."
The latest motion filed on Sept. 30 of this year in her case was for another continued status hearing because Kinian continues to assist the government in ongoing investigations and the defendant may testify in a criminal case currently charged. Kinian's case was scheduled for Feb. 7, 2020.
Yona Mayor Blas was indicted on Sept. 24, 2019 and arraigned on the same day.
KUAM reached out to the U.S. Attorney's office and they could not confirm or deny if Brenda is the informant in Mayor Blas' case and said "refer to the court documents."