Women who robbed Club C now out

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The two women who pleaded guilty to robbing the Club C gaming arcade of thousands of dollars’ worth of promo vouchers two weeks ago have been released from prison.

Cousins Alvagene and Cherrie Delos Santos, who schemed and robed the Club C gaming arcade of about $7,000, were sentenced yesterday to a five-year imprisonment, all suspended except for the 14 days that they have already served.

The women were released from the Department of Corrections following the sentencing hearing yesterday.

During the sentencing hearing at the Superior Court, family and friends of Alvagene and Cherrie spoke on behalf of the two, saying that the two are good people who made bad decisions. They pleaded with the court to impose a light sentence and give the women a chance to make amends and do better out of prison.

According to the sentencing memorandum filed by assistant attorney general Heather Barcinas, the lawyer for the government, the prosecution had recommended that Alvagene serve at least nine months out of a possible sentence of five years and for Cherrie to serve at least six months of a possible five-year sentence.

However, their sentences eventually came down to credit for the time they have already served since entering a guilty plea back on April 3; the rest of their sentence was suspended.

Camacho noted that both women did not have any prior convictions related or non-related to the case.

Both women were also sentenced to probation for three years and required to pay all court costs, fines, and restitution to the victim.

Both women were charged with conspiracy to commit theft and theft. They pleaded guilty to the theft charge only; the conspiracy to commit theft charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Both women admitted their roles in the theft and confessed to splitting about $7,000 between themselves.

Alvagene admitted that, as a cashier supervisor of the establishment, she printed over $3,200 worth of promo vouchers, contacted Cherie to come by the gaming establishment, and gave her the printed vouchers to play and cash out.

Cherie admitted that she was contacted by Alvagene to meet her at the Club C and she’d give her vouchers to play and they could split the winnings.

Cherie told the court that she played the vouchers, cashed out her winnings of over $7,000, and they split the money, as per arrangement.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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