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Record tampering probe began in 2005

By William B. Martin Jr.

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Oct. 1, 2008) – The Guam Police Department's government corruption task force served a search warrant yesterday morning for Guam Fire Department payroll records for part of last year.

The Department of Administration, which was served the warrant, cooperated with the police, said Deputy Director Joey Manibusan, who signed the document.

Manibusan said he understood the investigation to involve a possible payroll abuse issue.

The Fire Department, when asked for comment, issued a brief statement.

"This warrant issued is based (on) an ongoing investigation of record tampering within the Guam Fire Department," according to the statement.

The warrant was another step in an ongoing investigation that began in 2005, said GPD Officer John Mantanona, a member of the task force. He added that while no arrests were made yesterday, the investigation may result in arrests in the future.

Mantanona served the warrant at the Department of Administration's payroll division just before noon yesterday.

Other personnel in his department made photocopies of documents for the task force after the warrant was served.

The task force requested records of Guam Fire Department's January and February 2007 payroll records, including time sheets, Mantanona said.

Pacific Daily News Reporter Beau Hodai contributed to this report.

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