USAO wants $21,625 paid to victims of false solicitations


The U.S. Attorney’s Office asked the federal court last Thursday to instruct the clerk of court to disburse $21,625 in restitution funds to several victims of a man who was convicted and sentenced in 1991 for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Terrence Ross Seed was convicted of soliciting donations from various businesses and persons on Saipan and in Guam under the pretense that he was associated with an established charitable organization.

Assistant U.S. attorney Jessica Wessling, counsel for the U.S. government, informed the U.S. District Court for the NMI last week that there are 216 restitution victims remaining who have not received full restitution and whose losses range from $20 to $1,150 each.

Of these unpaid victims, 35 have provided updated addresses for payments.

Wessling said the total amount received from Seed, which remains in the court registry for application toward restitution, is $21,625.

On Oct. 28, 1991, then-District Court chief judge Alex Munson sentenced Seed and ordered him to pay $51,300 in restitution.

Wessling said that the U.S. government placed a notice of unclaimed funds in the Saipan Tribune and in the Guam Daily Post last Nov. 30, 2016, in an effort to identify victims and locate their addresses.

Wessling gave the court a list that of the businesses and/or individuals from whom Seed falsely solicited donations and the amount of restitution owed each victim. (Ferdie De La Torre)

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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