Corrupt CNMI director put on house arrest

11:11 am on 5 July 2016

The Former Office of Aging director in the Northern Marianas won't spend a day in prison after her one-year sentence for being convicted of corruption was converted into house arrest.

Saipan, CNMI

Saipan, CNMI Photo: Supplied

In reducing Rose Mondala's sentence, the Superior Court Judge said he must weigh the risks of the 71-year-old's fragility and the possible adverse effect a prolonged imprisonment would have on her health.

Mondala suffers from diabetes, hypertension, among other life-threatening illnesses.

Mondala may only leave her house for medical and hospital care, to meet with her attorney, and attend church or court proceedings.

The judge also ordered the Department of Public Safety to perform routine random checks to ensure that defendant is complying with the court order.