FORMER GUAM PUC CHIEF INDICTED FOR THEFT

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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, April 3) - The former
executive director of the Public Utilities Commission was indicted yesterday
after she allegedly stole $54,000 from the commission.

Monessa Lee C. Leon Guerrero, 29, faces charges of three counts
of theft of property as a second-degree felony and three counts of official
misconduct as a misdemeanor, according to Attorney General Douglas Moylan. The
commission for which Leon Guerrero worked regulates rates for utility agencies
here, Moylan said.

From January 2000 through December 2002, Leon Guerrero allegedly
processed Public Utilities Commission checks written out to her, Moylan said.
But those checks were not supposed to be made out to Leon Guerrero, Moylan said.

Moylan said Leon Guerrero allegedly used the money for her
personal gain.

"The crimes arise from Ms. Leon Guerrero's theft of
taxpayer monies while employed in a trusted position in the government of
Guam," Moylan said. "This office intends to secure the return of the
monies stolen, the imposition of monetary fines, and punishment for Ms. Leon
Guerrero's criminal conduct."

Moylan said his office continues to need the public's help to
discover and prosecute possible government corruption.

"The Office of the Attorney General emphasizes that its
ability to prosecute these types of white collar/government corruption cases
arise from the Legislature and the governor allocating sufficient financial
resources for us to investigate, prosecute, recover stolen money and protect the
public interest," Moylan said.

Moylan said the office recently returned to a five-day work
schedule and continues efforts to hire attorneys and support staff through local
and federal funding.

"You give us the resources, we'll produce the
results," Moylan said.

April 3, 2003

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