FBI raids CNMI governor's office, other locations
Several different locations on Saipan were raided by the FBI today, this includes CNMI Governor Ralph Torres' office, vehicle and home.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirms that various agents were flown to Saipan from all over to execute several search warrants. "I really don't know where they all came from to be honest with you, but we did have to beef up our presence there to execute. If it was just one location then we probably could have done up with the folks we had on Saipan," said FBI Honolulu Media Coordinator Jason White.
Having to beef up their presence on the island, White would not disclose the locations of the searches or specifics of what has been seized, but KUAM has learned that agents searched CNMI Governor Ralph Torres' office on Capitol Hill, his vehicle and his residence.
Agents also made their way down the hill to Governor Ralph Torres' brothers' law firm, Torres Brothers LLC located in Garapan. The Feds were also seen walking into Vestcor complex where Imperial Pacific International legal and human resources offices are located.
Imperial Pacific International owns the Imperial Palace casino located in Garapan.
CNMI Lt. Governor Arnold Palacios held a press conference, Governor Torres was not present. "The Governor's Office has complied with all their needs and have been in consistent with their operation throughout their visit we have provided them with all information and access that they have asked for with the intent of being completely transparent throughout the investigation," he said.
CNMI Lt. Governor Palacios said the administration plans to continue to provide full cooperation and assured the community that this has not slowed down any government operations to improve the local economy.
Agent White could not disclose any further information due to an ongoing investigation.
KUAM has also learned that Imperial Pacific International's Accounting, Finance, CEO and General Counsels Offices were raided and management was questioned.
As you may recall, the CNMI governor and his family's ties to the IPI casino made national headlines back in February 2018 published in a Bloomberg article that alleged the island leader and his brothers have received millions of dollars from the Chinese company.