22 Jul 2014

Ex-CNMI Cabinet official pleads not guilty

1:20 pm on 22 July 2014

A former Cabinet official in the Northern Marianas has pleaded not guilty to 41 criminal charges filed against her by the Office of the Public Auditor.

At her arraignment yesterday, the former director of the Office on Ageing, Rose Mondala, waived the reading of her constitutional rights and pleaded not guilty.

The OPA charged the 69-year-old with 22 counts of forgery, including six counts of misconduct in public office, eight counts of using public supplies, time and personnel for campaign activities and two counts of use of public position to obtain benefits for business or social acquaintances.

Ms Mondala is accused of using her office's funds and materials for the needs of the Covenant Party during the 2009 elections and to build a fence at her house in Kagman.