3 Apr 2013

Former CNMI lieutenant governor being sent back to Saipan for resentencing

2:49 pm on 3 April 2013

A judge in the Northern Marianas, Ramona Manglona has issued an order for the former lieutenant governor Timothy Villagomez, to be brought to Saipan for re-sentencing on fraud charges.

Villagomez is currently in a US federal prison after being found guilty of defrauding the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation through needless purchases of a de-scaling chemical.

Judge Manglona says in December last year the US. Court of Appeals vacated Villagomez's sentence and remanded him for new sentencing proceedings.

It said this was necessary after finding a mistake in how his sentence had been calculated.

There is a possibility the former lieutenant governor could now face more jail time.

In August of 2009 he was sentenced to seven years and three months in jail.

His co-defendants - former Commerce secretary James Santos and his wife Joaquina Santos, were both jailed for six years and six months for the same offences.