GUAM GOVERNMENT WORKER INDICTED FOR THEFT

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By Theresa Merto

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, April 30) - A former Department of Public Works employee was indicted yesterday on charges he stole $10,000 worth of government-owned construction materials for use at his Dededo home.

Rodrigo Ocampo, 51, faces charges of theft by receiving as a third-degree felony, theft by taking as a third-degree felony and official misconduct as a misdemeanor, the indictment states. The items Ocampo allegedly took were slated for the controversial Tutujan Park, also known as Triangle Park, in Agana Heights.

"As a result of the coordinated effort of the Guam Police Department Government Corruption Task Force and the attorney general's office investigators, this arrest and indictment resulted," Attorney General Douglas Moylan said.

A witness had told police investigators that Ocampo had stored several government-owned molding and decorative precast materials at his Dededo home, documents state. These thefts allegedly occurred during the construction period of the Triangle Park project.

The witness said that on several occasions, Ocampo stole the construction materials from the Government House, where the items were stored, and transported the materials to his residence.

About $10,000 of government material, mainly moldings, allegedly were stolen and used at his home.

On April 23, police officers executed a search warrant at the defendant's residence, where they observed the moldings previously identified by the witness as stolen government property, documents state.

These moldings were located at the exterior and the interior of the residence. Officers seized and hauled away at least four truckloads of the stolen moldings, documents state.

Triangle Park has recently drawn attention because former Gov. Carl Gutierrez, his former chief of staff, Gil Shinohara, and former airport Executive Manager Gerald Yingling were indicted on charges they conspired to use government materials at Gutierrez's Urunao ranch.

About $50,000 of the Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport Authority's money was earmarked for the Triangle Park in Agana Heights but that cost ballooned to about $500,000, Pacific Daily News files state.

Government materials that were intended for the park and services of government of Guam employees allegedly were used at the former governor's Urunao ranch. The indictment said that Gutierrez, Shinohara and Yingling agreed to use materials that were owned by the airport and slated for the Triangle Park.

Moylan said the investigation into Triangle Park and Urunao continues.

"We are encouraging anyone who may have worked at these places to come forward to the police department or our office," Moylan said.

April 30, 2004

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