Corruption charges vs Mondala filed anew


The Office of the Attorney General has refiled the criminal case against former Office of Aging director Rose DLG. Mondala in connection with charges that she used the Aging Office’s funds and materials for the needs of the Covenant Party during the 2009 elections and to build a fence at her house in Kagman.

Assistant attorney general Matthew C. Baisley filed the information charging 70-year-old Mondala with 41 counts of corruption charges.

Baisley charged Mondala with 22 counts of forgery; six counts of misconduct in public office; eight counts of use of public supplies, time, and personnel for campaign activities; two counts of use of public position to obtain benefits for business or social acquaintances; one count of theft of services; one count of theft; and one count of use of office, staff or employees of a public office for personal benefit.

These are the same charges that then-Office of the Public Auditor legal counsel George L. Hasselback filed against Mondala as a special assistant attorney general.

In September 2014, Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo dismissed the case, ruling that the appointment of Hasselback as special assistant attorney general in the matter violates the separation of powers doctrine.

Govendo dismissed the case without prejudice, which means a new case can be refiled on the same claim or allegations in the future.

Govendo ruled that the attorney general violated the separation of powers by delegating general prosecutorial powers to members of an agency that has no such legislatively created authority.

The allegations against Mondala relate to a period between June 15, 2009, and Dec. 10, 2010, while she was the director of the Office of Aging.

Mondala has not been served yet with the summons to appear in court and answer the charges.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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