Warrant issued anew vs OPA investigator

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho issued Friday another bench warrant for the arrest of Office of the Public Auditor investigator Melissa H. Bauleong for failing to appear in court for a review hearing in connection with a civil lawsuit against her over a debt.

Camacho ordered Public Safety Commissioner Robert A. Guerrero or any police officer to arrest Bauleong and bring her before the court.

Camacho said Bauleong may be released from custody upon posting a cash bail of $400, with instruction to appear in court at 9am on the next business day.

If she posts bail but fails to appear at the required time, the bail shall be forfeited, the judge said.

Camacho advised Bauleong that the posting of bail does not relieve her from the obligation to appear in court.

According to court records, Wells Fargo Financial Saipan Inc. filed a lawsuit in 2011 against Bauleong for allegedly not paying a $3,742 debt plus interest.

Bauleong was arrested on the strength of a bench warrant last March for failing to appear at the hearing.

At the March 29, 2017, hearing, Bauleong appeared under custody. Camacho then released her and ordered her to continue her biweekly payments of $80 beginning April 14, 2017, to the office of attorney Michael Evangelista.

Evangelista is counsel for Wells Fargo and United Pacific Collection Agency.

At the March 29 hearing, Camacho ordered Bauleong to return in court for a review hearing on June 13, 2017.

At the June 13 hearing, only Evangelista appeared.

This prompted Camacho to order another bench warrant against Bauleong.

Camacho said the defendant had actual notice of the court’s order of March 29 and is in contempt of the order.

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Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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  • Chika

    FUNNY:) Heller You have “SALARY” and you don’t want to pay your “CREDIT”

  • Chika

    FUNNY:) You have “SALARY” but you can’t pay your “CREDIT”

  • deoppressolibres

    Is she still working at the OPA?

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