Federal Funds Misused?

February 7, 2010

The Saipan Tribune reports that the Man'Amko Center (Office of the Aging) in Garapan, Saipan allegedly misused vehicles and federal funds for purchases of vegetable, meat and other supplies for political campaigns during the last election season. Rep. Joseph Palacios (R-Saipan) is requesting the Office of the Public Auditor to conduct an audit of the center's spending from September 2009 to December 15, 2009.

Rep Palacios was quoted by the Tribune:
“On numerous occasions, clients of the Man'Amko Center would tell me about these things and I believe I am in a position to do something about it, to ensure proper authorities audit or investigate these things. I will always fight for what's right,” he said.

Palacios was director of the Office on Aging during the Babauta administration from 2002 to 2006.

He said he would also like to talk to the public auditor to ask for an audit of monetary and in-kind donations made to the Office on Aging.

“I've been told that after donations are made, these donations disappear without even reaching the man'amko. I want to have someone like the public auditor look into it,” he added.

...He said Office on Aging Center clients alleged that purchased items included cooking ingredients, propane gas, fruits, vegetables, meat products, and beverages. They were then used, cooked and served at political campaign rallies.
Rep. Ramon Tebuteb (R-Saipan) also asked the House Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations to investigate the allegations. The chairman of the JGO Committee, Rep. Rafael S. Demapan (Cov-Saipan) reportedly said that the committee would address the matter.

Stealing from a program for the elederly? Can you get any lower than that? It's odd that the article did not reveal which campaign/s received the food or misused the vehicles.


Anonymous said...

What party got the food? The same party that paid people's CUC bills.

Anonymous said...

This might prove very interesting. They took Al Capone down for a small thing when they could not pin the big things on him.