Theft charge filed vs ex-NMC official

The Office of the Attorney General has formally charged the former maintenance manager of the Northern Marianas College who is accused of stealing the school’s gasoline supply by using NMC’s open fleet card.

The government charged 43-year-old Phillip Aguon Fejeran Jr. on Monday in the Superior Court with one count of theft. He pleaded not guilty. He is represented in the case by assistant public defender Cindy Nesbit.

Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho set the jury trial for Oct. 16, 2017. There will be a status conference on Aug. 6, 2017.

It is alleged that on March 7, 2017, March 10, 2017, May 2, 2017, and May 3, 2017, Fejeran stole gasoline belonging to NMC totaling $183.50. An Office of the Public Auditor’s investigation into the alleged theft led to Fejeran’s arrest last month.

Police detective Peter Aldan, who is assigned at OPA, stated in his report that on two separate occasions in February 2012, Fejeran instructed a female student to park her car behind the NMC maintenance shop, where he then transferred gasoline from a 5-gallon container into the vehicle.

Aldan said the student, who was then dating Fejeran, confirmed the incident in an interview.

Aldan said a Shell Dandan receipt issued last March 7 showed that 16 gallons of gasoline worth $63 were purchased by Fejeran using an open container. Later that same day, a Shell Dandan receipt showed that Fejeran bought 15 more gallons of gasoline worth $59.49 using an open container. Both purchases were under NMC’s open fleet card.

A Shell Dandan receipt issued last March 10 also showed that Fejeran bought 21 gallons of gasoline worth $81.45 using the NMC fleet card.

Aldan said that last May 2, Fejeran allegedly instructed another NMC staff to bring a five-gallon container of gasoline from NMC shop to the Koblerville Gymnasium.

When the staff pointed out that the gym is too far, Fejeran allegedly instructed him to bring the gasoline to his house. Fejeran then allegedly transferred the gasoline into his vehicle.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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