The Department of Public Safety has hired back a former firefighter who was convicted in 2010 of stealing a boat engine from the Northern Islands Mayor's Office.
Sources disclosed over the weekend that DPS rehired former firefighter Combiniano Taisakan and assigned him in administration and logistics.
Sources said Taisakan started his employment at DPS several weeks ago.
Many officers, sources said, are wondering why the department hired another ex-convict.
Acting DPS commissioner Aniceto Ogumoro had yet to reply for comment as of press time.
In March 2010, a Superior Court jury found Taisakan guilty of theft by unlawful taking and removal of a government property. The jurors, however, found him not guilty of theft by deception.
Associate judge David A. Wiseman sentenced Taisakan to three days in prison and placed him on supervised probation. Wiseman barred Taisakan from being employed by or having a contract with the CNMI government for the duration of his probation.
The Office of the Attorney General's White Collar Crimes/Public Corruption Task Force conducted the investigation.
According to Juan Santos, then investigator of the OAG's While Collar Crimes/Public Corruption Task Force, Taisakan sold the boat engine to another firefighter and his wife, for $300 between June 6 and August 2007.
The couple made two separate payments to Taisakan totaling $140, Santos said.