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Monday, April 21, 2014

Judge Munson orders US Marshal to bring back Tim Villagomez for resentencing

U.S. District Court for the NMI Judge Alex Munson has issued today, Tuesday, an order directing the U.S. Marshal to transport to Saipan for resentencing former lieutenant governor Timothy P. Villagomez, who is currently in federal prison after being found guilty of defrauding the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. through needless purchases of a de-scaling chemical.

Munson ordered the U.S. Marshal to notify the court promptly when Villagomez arrives in the CNMI.

The judge set the resentencing of Villagomez for June 12, 2013 at 9am.

In December 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the federal court to conduct a new sentencing for Villagomez after finding that the court made a mistake in calculating his sentence.

With the new sentencing, there is a possibility that the former lieutenant governor would face more jail time.

In August 2009, then U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Alex Munson sentenced Villagomez to seven years and three months in prison, and sentenced his co-defendants former Commerce Secretary James A. Santos and his wife, Joaquina V. Santos, each to six years and six months in jail. The Santos couple is also currently serving their sentences in federal prison.

The case came to be called the Rydlyme scandal, after the de-scaling chemical’s brand name.
More details to follow.

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