June 27, 2014
Numerous government officials were involved in the sketchy 2010 campaign that supported Covenant Party candidate Joseph Camacho, now Associate Judge Camacho, who was running for the U.S. House delegate seat. Although ex-Attorney General Edward Buckingham was charged and found guilty of 2010 campaign-related corruption charges, no charges have been made against other Fitial-appointed officials who were also involved in the controversial campaign. (See this post, Not Buying That This is Okay, for a list of government employees who hosted Covenant Party events.) Also, implicated in election-related violations was ex-Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Ambrosio Ogumoro who also was never charged.
The corruption trial of ex-governor Benigno Fitial will continue next month. Last week three additional charges were added to the ten he already faces. The additional charges related to the questionable power plant contract that he penned with Saipan Development LLC, include misconduct in office, attempted violation of the Commonwealth Utilities Acts of 2008, and violation of the same 2008 CUC law.