Former US Army Reserve Jucutan pleads not guilty


Jordan M. Jucutan, a teacher and a former member of the U.S. Army Reserve, has entered a not guilty plea to allegations that he stole referral bonuses from the U.S. Army Reserve totaling $9,000 by fraudulently claiming that he recruited some potential soldiers and claiming the cash incentives for himself.

At the arraignment on Wednesday, Jucutan pleaded not guilty to the second superseding indictment charging him with four counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft.

Jucutan, through his counsel Pamela Brown Blackburn, waived the formal advisement of his constitutional rights and the reading of the charges.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy said the jury trial currently set for May 17 at 10am before Senior Judge Alex R. Munson will proceed.

Assistant U.S. attorney Russell Lorfing appeared for the U.S. government.

According to the second superseding indictment, using an online portal/website, Jucutan allegedly electronically submitted the personal identifiable information for four nominees (potential soldiers) without the knowledge or consent of the nominees on Aug. 25 and 26, 2007, and on June 6, 2009, and on Oct. 28, 2007.

The superseding indictment charged Jucutan with three counts of wire fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft.

The original indictment charged Jucutan with 15 counts—one count of theft of government property, five counts of aggravated identity theft, and nine counts of wire fraud.

The defendant pleaded not guilty.

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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