Tax off icial testifies about Ada couple’s tax records

»Records show that couple got some payments from gambling winnings

Pauline DLG. Kapileo, acting manager for the Division of Tax and Revenue Compliance Section, completed yesterday her testimony in the ongoing jury trial in federal court of Leyda I. Ada, who is accused of conspiring with her husband, Melvin, to perpetrate a health care fraud exceeding $1.7 million.

Kapileo testified about the Ada couple’s tax return records. Kapileo began her testimony on Tuesday afternoon and resumed yesterday.

After Kapileo completed her testimony, the prosecution called its 12th witness, Irene Mafnas of the First Hawaiian Bank. Mafnas basically testified about the deposits and withdrawals from the Ada couple’s bank accounts.

The trial will resume this morning, Thursday.

Kapileo testified, among other things, that based on the tax records, the Ada couple received some payments from gambling winnings.

The prosecution introduced as evidence the Ada couple’s Territorial Individual Income Tax Returns from 2004 through 2011 (joint tax returns), Melvin Ada’s filing of Business Gross Revenue Tax Monthly Returns for Shop 670/Blaze N Entertainment from February through July of 2011, Leyda Ada’s filing of Business Gross Revenue Tax Monthly Return for Island Trendz/Blaze N Entertainment for August 2011, and Leyda Ada’s mother, Rosa Ichichara’s filing of Business Gross Revenue Tax Monthly Returns for LKR Rosa Corp. from August of 2011 through September of 2012.

According to the prosecution, the joint tax returns are relevant because they make it more probable than not that Leyda Ada knew the financial transactions occurring after July 5, 2011, involved criminal proceeds as opposed to legitimate income.

The prosecution alleged that the Island Trendz/Blaze N Entertainment BGRT filed by Leyda Ada during that one month is relevant because it shows her performing a direct act in furtherance of the money laundering conspiracy.

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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