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Former Office on Aging director Rose DLG. Mondala pleaded not guilty yesterday to the 41 criminal charges that the Office of the Public Auditor filed against her.

At the arraignment, the 69-year-old Mondala, through counsel assistant public defender Eden Schwartz, waived the reading of her constitutional rights and pleaded not guilty.

Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja set a status conference on Aug. 26, 2014.

Office of the Public Auditor legal counsel George Hasselback appeared for the prosecution.

Hasselback 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.

OPA accused the defendant of using 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.

Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo released Mondala on a $7,500 unsecured or appearance bond during her initial appearance last June 27.

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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