Habitual offender gets 6 months for buying groceries using forged check


A habitual offender, who was among two charged with buying items at stores using checks from a company that has been closed since 2013, has pleaded guilty and was slapped with a six-month prison sentence.

In a written judgment last week, Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja accepted Alofonso Kintin’s guilty plea to theft.

Naraja sentenced Kintin to two years imprisonment, all suspended except for six months.

Kintin was given credit for time served. He is expected to be released from the Department of Corrections on July 26.

After completing the prison term, he will be placed on supervised probation for two years. He was ordered to pay $714 in restitution to the victim, LC Market in Gualo Rai, $100 in fine, $25 in court assessment fee, plus probation fee in an amount to be determined by the Office of Adult Probation.

Kintin was required to complete 100 hours of community service. He is prohibited from entering LC Market during his probation.

Last February, the Office of the Attorney General charged Kintin with felony theft and forgery. He and court-appointed counsel, Joaquin DLG Torres, signed a plea deal. Assistant attorney general Teri Tenorio appeared for the government at the hearing.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, on Dec. 23, 2017, Kintin stole groceries and U.S. currency worth $714 from LC Market.

Kintin and Nelsin A. Saimon were both arrested last January for buying items at the store using forged checks. Saimon allegedly purchased $156 worth of items from the store using a check with an amount of $578 belonging to Kae Poong (Saipan) Corp. last Dec. 22.

Saimon allegedly told the store employee that he works for Kae Poong Corp. He was given a change of $422.

A couple of days later, LC Market called the telephone number listed on the check and was informed that Kae Poong had been out of business since 2013. The case against Saimon is pending in court.

Last Dec. 26, police reviewed the surveillance camera at LC Market, which led to the arrest of the two defendants.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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