Former high-ranking official arrested in the CNMI

4:14 pm on 24 March 2015

A high-profile and former high-ranking official has been arrested in the Northern Marianas overnight.

Authorities have taken into custody the former Department of Public Safety deputy commissioner Ambrosio T. Ogumoro for corruption charges.

The arrest of Mr Ogumoro is believed to be a result of an investigation conducted by the Office of the Public Auditor, which then referred the case to the Office of the Attorney General's Investigation Unit.

The charges stemmed from Mr Ogumoro's alleged illegal use of DPS property such as computer or laptop when he served as deputy commissioner or acting commissioner at DPS.

Mr Ogumoro has a pending criminal case after OPA charged him with 15 criminal offences for his role in, among other things, shielding then-attorney general Edward Buckingham from being served with penal summons in August 2012.