Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that Ana Maria Villegas, age 45, of the Philippines, pled guilty last Monday in United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands before Chief District Court Judge Ramona V. Manglona to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Pursuant to a written plea agreement, Villegas admitted that from on or about November 2004 to on or about Jan. 17, 2007, she conspired with at least one other person to commit the crime of wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C § 1343.
Sentencing was scheduled by Manglona for Jan. 4, 2013 at 9am in U.S. District Court on Saipan. Villegas faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. As part of the plea agreement, Villegas has agreed to pay restitution to Philippine National Bank in excess of $109,000.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the prosecution was handled by AUSA Rami Badawy.