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AG’s office suspends prosecution of former lawmaker

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THE Attorney General’s Office has suspended the prosecution proceedings against former Rep. Gregorio Vicente Muna Sablan Jr. who was accused of not disclosing additional income while he was still in office in 2018 and 2019.

Sablan has been accepted into the adult diversion program of the CNMI Office of Adult Probation, Assistant Attorney General Chester Hinds said.

In the motion to suspend proceedings  that he filed on Wednesday, Hinds stated that the adult diversion program agreement has been executed.

The program “is a voluntary alternative to criminal adjudication that allows a person accused of a crime to fulfill a set of conditions or complete a formal program designed to address, treat, or remedy issues related to or raised by the allegation upon successful completion of the conditions or program.”

Sablan, 54, was summoned to appear before Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja on Jan. 6, 2020 to answer to two counts of disclosure requirement violations and two counts of misconduct in public office.

According to the information filed in court in Dec. 2019, Sablan, as a member of the 20th House of Representatives, filed an inaccurate statement of financial interest in 2017 and 2018.

Sablan provided false or inaccurate information, which violated the CNMI Ethics Act of 1992, the AG’s office stated.

It added that Sablan failed to disclose financial interest or income in excess of $2,500 from Saipan International Shooting Range.

 

 

 

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