A former employee of the Commonwealth Health Center and his wife entered a not guilty plea yesterday in federal court to 59 charges for allegedly misappropriating and diverting CNMI Treasury checks made payable to a medical supplier company totaling over $1.7 million.
Melvin G. Ada and Leyda I. Ada pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging each of them with one count of conspiracy to commit theft or embezzlement in connection with health care; 19 counts of theft or embezzlement in connection with health care; one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud; nine counts of health care fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; and 28 counts of money laundering.
Mark Hanson and Colin Thompson are the court-appointed counsels for Leyda and Melvin Ada, respectively.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona set the jury trial of the Ada couple for Dec. 3, 2012.
The Adas are out on bail.
Melvin Ada was previously employed as a medical supply specialist at CHC. Leyda used to be a sales representative for Midwest Medical Supply Co. Inc., a Missouri-based company that had supplied dialysis consumables and equipment to CHC.