IMPERIAL Pacific International LLC remitted the second monthly settlement payment on April 30, attorney Michael Dotts told the federal court on Monday.

The second monthly settlement payment was due on May 1, he added in IPI’s 16th status report to the District Court for the NMI.

Dotts also informed the court that all of IPI’s Mongolian H-2B employees, except for one, were repatriated on the morning of May 1. "The one remaining employee refused repatriation and left IPI’s housing. IPI repatriated a total of 103 Mongolians," Dotts said, adding that IPI no longer has any H-2B employees.

He said IPI has also repatriated all of the Turkish H-2B employees “except for 11 who refused to go after IPI purchased tickets for them. IPI repatriated all of the Italians except for one who refused to go. IPI repatriated all of the Taiwanese except for 10 who insisted they had a new employer and refused to go. And now IPI has repatriated all of the Mongolians except for the one who refused to go."

As for IPI’s CW-1 employees, Dotts said many of them are in IPI housing.

IPI expects to resolve the employment of the CW-1 employees by the end of May 2021, he added.

IPI employee housing still has power for the time being, and food services for the H-2B employees continued without interruption until May 1 when the 103 Mongolians departed Saipan, Dotts said.

"As the Mongolians were the only employees IPI had been feeding since the Turkish, Italian, and Taiwanese departed, food services ended,"  Dotts said.

As ordered by the court, he added, construction work at IPI’s resort site in Garapan remains suspended. IPI’s casino shut down in March 2020 amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Dotts also told the federal court that Bank of Guam provided the documents necessary to confirm that the employees’ payroll checks have cleared.

He said IPI is working with the U.S. Department of Labor field staff to provide confirmation as part of IPI’s compliance with the amended consent Judgment. 

Dotts said IPI’s next payday is May 7.

On March 29, 2021, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona approved the first amended consent judgment between IPI and USDOL, and suspended her previously ordered receivership for the casino developer.

The total amount IPI owed under the previous consent judgment was $3,360,000.

According to the stipulation of the parties, IPI paid a total of $1,929,425.28 toward the consent judgment from March 2019 to March 2021. The remaining balance from the previous consent judgment is $1,430,574 plus $47,856 wages currently owed for a total amount of $1,478,430.

To pay this amount, IPI will make incremental monthly payments of $164,270.08 from April 1, 2021 to Dec. 1, 2021.

As for security against future payroll violations, the USDOL stated that IPI paid $250,000 on Feb. 28, 2021.

IPI also offered its Flame Tree Terrace property, which it owns through an affiliate, East Gain Global Ltd., as security for its monetary liability.

Reporter

Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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