January 13, 2014
In 2012 the CNMI Office of the Public Auditor filed 12 criminal charges against Buckingham, including those alleging the violation of election laws. Buckingham allegedly used his position and office to campaign for the election of Covenant Party candidate Joseph Camacho, who was a candidate in the 2010 U.S. House Delegate race.
The trial should be interesting. Buckingham was connected to three years of CNMI scandals.
Buckingham fled the CNMI with his wife after he learned that at warrant had been issued for his arrest. In August 2012, Buckingham was assisted in fleeing the CNMI by his thug-like policeman accomplices who kept him from being served the arrest warrant, used federally funded police cars to transport him and his wife to the Saipan International Airport, and helped breach security to whisk the couple to the airport's "V.I.P." room. It was there that the F. B. I. served Buckingham with his arrest warrant. Still, the ex-AG defiantly boarded the plane.
In May 2013 Buckingham was arrested as a fugitive in Colorado and returned to the CNMI where he posted bond and appeared before Superior Court Kenneth Govendo. He was allowed to return to Colorado to "seek medical treatment" until his February 2014 court appearance in Saipan.
Ex-Governor Benigno Fitial, who orchestrated most of the corrupt schemes that Buckingham engaged in, is allegedly hiding in the Philippines. A warrant was re-issued for his arrest on June 20, 2013. The U.S. and Philippines have an extradition treaty, but cowardly Fitial has refused to return to the CNMI to face his 7 criminal charges.