GUAM UTILITY WORKER INDICTED FOR THEFT

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By Theresa Merto

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Aug. 1) - A former Guam Power
Authority cashier was indicted yesterday for allegedly stealing more than
$11,000 from the agency during a month-and-a-half long scheme.

Jesusa Salas Muna, 44, faces charges of theft of property as a
second-degree felony and official misconduct as a misdemeanor, according to
court documents.

Muna allegedly took an estimated $11,075.75 worth of payments
made to about 42 GPA customer accounts, according to Attorney General Douglas
Moylan.

Superior Court of Guam Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena issued a
warrant of arrest yesterday afternoon for Muna and set a cash bail of $25,000,
Moylan said.

"The Office of the Attorney General wishes to emphasize
that the crime being charged arises from a position of trust, which we contend
was violated by this former employee while working for the government of Guam as
a GPA employee," Moylan said. "This office will prosecute crimes, be
they public officials or ordinary government employees.

Moylan added that his office continues to need the public's help
in discovering and prosecuting government corruption.

The alleged theft took place from April to May of 2001,
documents state.

Prosecutor James Casey said when customers paid their power
bills, Muna didn't credit their accounts.

"What she did is, 42 customers ... were obviously paying
money -- either at the window or the drop box -- and she had exclusive control
of the drop box. So she would get these drafts from customers to pay their
monthly power bills," Casey said.

At the time, Muna had a petty cash box at her station with
$1,500 cash.

"What she was doing is called a 'change out,'" Casey
said. He said Muna would take customers' checks and place them into the petty
cash box.

"She would take the drafts, not post them as paid, and take
the equivalent amount of cash out of the cash box and go south with it,"
Casey said.

August 1, 2003

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