Woman pleads guilty to bank fraud


A woman who was accused of stealing $12,208 from her mother’s bank account pleaded guilty plea in federal court last Friday.

At a change of plea hearing, Janee Marie Famy Babauta pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. She will be sentenced on for Dec. 18, 2019, at 1:30pm.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona rdered the U.S. Probation Office to submit a pre-sentence investigation report by Oct. 25, 2019.

Following the guilty plea, the jury trial set for Oct. 8, 2019 was vacated.

The judge allowed Babauta to remain out of prison until she her sentencing because the U.S. Probation Office had reported that she has been compliant with the terms and conditions that the court had previously ordered.

Bruce Berline served as the court-appointed counsel for Babauta. Assistant U.S. attorney Garth Backe appeared for the U.S. government.

According to the indictment, between March 20 and April 15, 2019, Babauta provided her mother’s personal identifying information in order to gain access and control of her mother’s Bank of Guam savings account.

The defendant then allegedly drained about $12,208 from the account for her own use through online transfers, transactions, and purchases.

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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