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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Court garnishes property of mayor’s office employee

The federal court has ordered the Tinian Mayor’s Office to withhold the money or property of its staff, Alex San Nicolas Borja, to satisfy a $73,408 balance in a court judgment against him for his 2000 conviction in a cattle rustling case.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona issued a writ of garnishment to the Tinian Mayor’s Office after the U.S. government applied for one.

The judge said the Tinian Mayor’s Office shall withhold and retain any property on which Borja has a substantial nonexempt interest.

A writ of garnishment is a legal process where the court orders a person or entity—the garnishee—to hold money or property owed within 10 days after the writ is served. A garnishee may be a person, entity or corporation in possession of money or property.

According to assistant U.S. attorney Jessica Cruz, a judgment in the amount of $119,300 has been entered against Borja and co-defendants in the case, which includes a $119,200 in restitution and $100 in special assessment fee.

Cruz said a third of the amount or $39,733 is Borja’s responsibility.

Cruz said a balance of $73,408 ($39,498 in restitution plus $33,735 in restitution interest plus $175 in penalties) remains outstanding.

Borja was among four persons indicted in federal court in 1999 in connection with cattle rustling on Tinian. He pleaded guilty in January 2000 to conspiring to conceal beef and was slapped with an 11-month prison term.

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