GUILTY VERDICT IN MARSHALLS EMBEZZLEMENT CASE

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Yokwe Online, July 15) - A five-member jury is said to have found former College of Marshall Islands comptroller Louiston Louis guilty of 74 of 98 counts of Embezzlement Tuesday in the Marshall Islands' largest embezzlement case.

The case involves 49 checks written for more than $641,000 over a four-year period.

A majuro source said the remaining 24 counts were to be decided on Tuesday.

Last Wednesday, in a closed hearing, the Republic of the Marshall Islands High Court acting Chief Justice Carl Ingram ruled that a disputed confession by Louis to former college president John Tuthill was admissible, opening the way for Tuthill's deposition to be heard by the court.

Defense attorney David Lowe had argued that the confession to taking and cashing one college check amounting to $20,000 was not voluntary because he was in fear of losing his job.

Lowe reportedly said that Louis confessed out of his overwhelming compulsion to get his job back and his fear of prosecution.

Judge Ingram said that Louis was not in jail at the time, nor being interrogated by police, and no physical or psychological abuse occurred.

In the second week of the trial, three government witnesses testified that Louis converted

July 16, 2003

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