An administrative assistant of a security agency, who is eight and a half months pregnant, was arrested for allegedly extorting a total of $205 from two brothers in exchange for helping them get hired as security guards.
Dorsia Claire Atalig Palacios, 26, was arrested for theft by extortion late Monday afternoon shortly after the two brothers allegedly paid her $90 at a building in Garapan, where detectives monitored the meeting.
She was allowed to post a $1,000 unsecured bond.
Assistant attorney general Barbara Cepeda said the original bail is $10,000 cash, but she recommended $1,000 cash due to Palacios’ pregnancy. Assistant public defender Michael Sato served as counsel for Palacios.
Police detective Melissa Bauleong stated in her report that the G4S Branch manager called the police on Thursday to report that their administrative assistant, Palacios, is possibly extorting money from their two co-workers.
Bauleong said that in her interview on Friday, one of the alleged victim claimed that before he got hired as a security guard, he thought the company would not get him because he does not have any diploma or GED.
The alleged victim said his brother told him that Palacios could help him get the job. After the alleged victim went through the process of hiring, he started work on Oct. 1.
During his first week of work, the alleged victim said his brother told him he has to pay Palacios $130 because she had a hard time trying to get him in as a security guard.
On Oct. 7, Palacios allegedly went to their house and asked for the payment. As the alleged victim had no money at that time, his brother handed only $40 to Palacios.
Palacios allegedly took the money and told the alleged victim that he has to pay the balance when he gets his first paycheck.
During a separate interview with the other brother, he reportedly told police that he applied for G4S in August 2013. It was Palacios who interviewed him and he was hired on Sept. 1.
After that, Palacios allegedly called him at his house and told him that since she helped him get hired, he should also help her by paying her $75.
The alleged victim said that after he paid Palacios on Sept. 21, he told her to help his brother too, but Palacios allegedly said it would cost $130 because his brother has no diploma.
Six days after the other brother was hired on Oct. 1, Palacios went to their house and asked for payment. When they told her that they thought the payment will be on the first paycheck, Palacios stated she needs the money now. The alleged victim gave her $40 and promised that the remaining $90 will be paid on payday.
On Oct. 14, detectives sought an eavesdropping search warrant from Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho for the brothers to record Palacios’ alleged extortion activities.
Palacios allegedly admitted that she helped the brothers get hired and that they paid her money.