SPEAKER OF KOROR STATE GOVERNMENT FOUND GUILTY

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Uehara subleased government property and kept profits

By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Mar 18, 2009) - The Speaker of the Koror State government who was found guilty of three counts of perjury and three counts of misconduct in public office was sentenced to six years of imprisonment and was ordered to pay a fine of US$10,000.

However Timothy Uehara also known as Tero Uehara will serve only 12 months in jail after Associate Justice Kathleen Salii suspended the sentence except for 12 months.

Uehara will serve the remainder of his sentence on supervised probation.

Uehara appeared for a sentencing hearing on Thursday.

Justice Salii sentenced him to six years imprisonment for each conviction for the perjury charges which will run concurrently with his six year jail term for the misconduct in public office.

He was ordered to pay a fine of US$10,000 for each conviction to run concurrently.

Uehara was convicted in January 23, 2009 for perjury and misconduct in public office.

He was found not guilty of the 42 counts of false pretenses and 43 counts of grand larceny

Uehara was charged with 92 counts of criminal charges for rental payments he received from tenants of the first floor of the waiting house at T-Dock in Meketii which was not turned over to the Koror State Public Lands Authority.

Uehara, a legislator of the Koror State government, was doing business as Four Seasons, a retail business on the ground floor of the T-Dock Waiting House.

His application for business license was approved by the KSPLA and sometime after KSPLA approved the lease, defendant began sub-leasing the property to others from 2001 to 2004.

The government charged the defendant and alleged that defendant fraudulently took money which should be returned to the Koror State Government or Koror State Public Lands Authority.

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