Pohnpei State Files Criminal Charges Against Former Governor John Ehsa

Efforts to extradite Ehsa from U.S. possilbe to face charges of illegal travel authorizations

By Bill Jaynes

POHNPEI, Federated States of Micronesia (Kaselehlie Press, Feb. 1, 2017) – Today Pohnpei State filed an eight count criminal information against former Governor John Ehsa centered on allegations that on October 8, 2014 he approved a travel authorization for himself in the amount of $13,000 to travel from Pohnpei to Pohnpei. The stated use was for representation funds.

The report that was forwarded to the Attorney General’s office by the Compliance Investigation Unit (CIU) of the Pohnpei Office of the Public Auditor found that “the travel authorization was not valid, and therefore, the advance of representation fund money was inappropriate.” The report also indicated that John Ehsa has not filed a travel voucher or other accounting for use of the funds.

The Pohnpei State Department of Treasury and Administration confirmed in writing to the Office of the Attorney General that the amount of $13,000 remains outstanding and had not been receipted and liquidated on its accounting records.

The counts filed by the State against the former Governor are: Cheating; Embezzlement; Grand Larceny; theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received; forgery; concealment, removal or alteration of records or proceeds; misconduct in public office; and, compounding a crime.

The CIU report said that Ehsa also advanced $8,000 for a trip to Korea of which only $4,065 was receipted. It claimed that the remaining balance is still outstanding. The statute of limitations for those allegedly outstanding funds has expired so were not included in the criminal information filed by the Office of the Pohnpei State Attorney General early this week.

Ehsa is not on island. In March of 2015, the FSM government charged him with Criminal Depravation of Civil rights, Obstruction of Justice, and Criminal Contempt. His passport was confiscated but returned to him by the FSM Supreme Court so that he could go to the Philippines for a medical referral. But he did not go to the Philippines. Officials believe that he is in the US mainland. Both FSM and Pohnpei State officials said that they will soon begin the process of extradition from the United States so that he can stand trial.

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Who gave him the money

Everyone makes mistakes..but the very notion and or decision to commit towards such action is what provokes it all!..A close friend, relative, a cabinet member, or a special one can be part of the action..but who knows...I just feel sorry for this guy..not to mention the family..with all these allegations..I just can't imagine the humiliation!!

Everyone makes mistakes..but the very notion and or decision to commit towards such action is what provokes it all!..A close friend, relative, a cabinet member, or a special one can be part of the action..but who knows...I just feel sorry for this guy..not to mention the family..with all these allegations..I just can't imagine the humiliation!!

OMG,,,,,,,that's cheating

"ONE WRONG ACTION CAN ERASE ALL YOUR GOOD DOINGS". We all know that money is sin. its even written in the bible. speaking of the bible, a person cannot stand trial twice for the same crime he/she comitted. if former governor stand trial and found guilty, so what? whats the point? will Pohnpei grow from looking back to someone'ss past? i believe that whatever it is in the past, why not look forward to make a difference? what difference does it make if he's lying or stealing? what will pohnpei gain.? leaders of today should think of it more and more wisely about this situation. they may take him back here, and so what? i believe that in order for pohnpei to be more develop, they need to look forward and aim forward, NOT looking back to someone's past. however, for his wrong doings? how can he go through with all his previous actions? isnt it that the legislators are agreeing on letting him through? and looking back on his past, where is former LT.Governor? because they both need to stand trial because it was at their representative time. all im saying is WHATS THE POINT OF DIGGING INTO SOMEONES PAST? beucase not everyone is perfect. why does Ehsa's situation have to go public when the court of Justice also is in the same situation? We need to look forward and make a difference/goal.

Hes is not guilty until proven guilty in the court of law..And I wonder what will happen if hes not proven guilty with all of these findings...lord help you all!!!

Consider it

Every gorvernor do dat $### so.yall stop wasting time.the governor now in seat is doing the exact same thing.yall jst too dump to see it

What a looser .. pss

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