Melvin G. Ada, a former employee of the Commonwealth Health Center who, along with his wife, is facing 59 charges of allegedly misappropriating and diverting CNMI Treasury checks made payable to a medical supplier totaling over $1.7 million, has signed a plea deal with the U.S. government.
In its wake, assistant U.S. attorney Garth R. Backe asked the U.S. District Court for the NMI to set aside Ada’s scheduled jury trial and set a change of plea hearing.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona set the change of plea hearing for Friday, Oct. 11.
As of yesterday, the plea agreement was still sealed.
Ada’s wife, Leyda I. Ada, is set to appear in court today at 1:30pm for pre-trial and motion hearing. She is also facing the same charges.
The Ada couple were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft or embezzlement; 19 counts of theft or embezzlement; 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.
Melvin Ada was previously assigned 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.