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Monday, April 21, 2014

Villagomez replaces Lujan as counsel

Former lieutenant governor Timothy P. Villagomez has replaced his lawyer, Guam-based attorney David J. Lujan, with attorney Colin M. Thompson.

Villagomez, through counsel, notified the U.S. District Court for the NMI on Monday of Lujan’s substitution.

Lujan agreed to his substitution and withdrew as attorney of record for Villagomez in the criminal case.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Judge Alex R. Munson approved the substitution yesterday.

Villagomez is now in federal prison after being found guilty of defrauding the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.

Last April 1, Munson directed the U.S. Marshal to bring back Villagomez to Saipan for resentencing. Munson ordered the U.S. Marshal to notify the court as soon as Villagomez arrives in the CNMI.

Villagomez’s resentencing is on June 12, 2013, at 9am.

This came about after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated Villagomez’s sentence on Dec. 18, 2012, and ordered that he be sentenced anew after finding that the court made an error in calculating his sentence.

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

Munson sentenced Villagomez in August 2009 to seven years and three months in prison for defrauding CUC through needless purchases of a de-scaling chemical.

Villagomez’s co-defendants—former Commerce secretary James A. Santos and his wife, Joaquina V. Santos—were each sentenced to six years and six months in prison. The Santos couple are also currently serving their sentences in federal prison.

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