22 Nov 2003

Guam Power Authority General Manager accused of stealing government funds

11:18 am on 22 November 2003

A grand jury has handed down an indictment against a former Guam Power Authority General Manager, Thelma Ann Perez, on allegations she authorised the use of government funds to pay for thousands of private streetlights.

The Guam Daily News quotes Attorney General Douglas Moyland as saying island taxpayers have paid about 730-thousand US dollars a year since 2001, for power bills of more than 2-thousand-400 streetlights on private property.

Perez faces charges of theft of services as a second degree felony and official misconduct as a misdemeanor, the indictment states.

Bail was set at 50-thousand US dollars, and if convicted Perez faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison and 11-thousand dollars in fines.