Police arrested on Saturday in As Perdido a former trainee at the Division of Customs Services who allegedly made unauthorized online purchases worth $811.22 using a private corporation’s credit card account.
Daniel Sunio Buniag, 24, was taken to Superior Court yesterday for a bail hearing on charges of misuse of credit card and theft. He is being kept on a $1,000 cash bail. Preliminary hearing is on Sept. 3.
Saipan Tribune learned that Buniag resigned from Customs after police began investigating the matter.
Police detective Israel Deleon stated in his report that a police officer was dispatched to San Jose Market on June 19, 2013, to investigate a theft complaint involving the company’s credit card account.
Based on preliminary investigation, an employee of San Jose Store’s sister company checked their credit card account and found six unauthorized online purchases at Amazon.com.
Deleon said he went to San Jose Market on July 1, 2013, and one of its employees told him that a Town House accountant had called her on June 18, 2013, to check how much balance they have so they could pay their utility bills.
When the San Jose Market staff went online and checked their account, she noted that purchases were made at Amazon.com and Amazon Market Place.
The staff then called the company’s president and asked him if he made payments under Amazon Market Place and Amazon.com. The president denied this as he was off-island at the time.
Deleon said he interviewed a Post Office employee in Chalan Kanoa on Aug. 21, and the employee disclosed seeing Buniag retrieve a package that contained four items: sunglasses, a cell phone, a G-Shock watch, and X-Box video game.
The following day, Deleon said, he met a customs employee at the airport who confirmed that Buniag got a package at the Chalan Kanoa Post Office.
Police suspected that Buniag got the corporation’s credit card account information while he was working as a customs trainee.
Last month, police arrested another customs trainee for allegedly conspiring with a minor to steal 50 cartons of cigarettes worth $2,400 from the Customs Seaport section in Lower Base.