29 May 2006

State governor in Palau convicted on 106 charges

8:09 pm on 29 May 2006

A state governor in Palau, Elmis Mesubed, has been found guilty of 106 criminal charges, including perjury, grand larceny, forgery, conspiracy, embezzlement and violations of the Code of Ethics.

Mesubed had been facing 175 charges for using 10 state treasury checks of more than 11 thousand US dollars to pay the costs at karaoke bars.

The checks were officially for building materials.

The governor also cashed state checks for his personal use.

He was convicted of three counts of perjury for lying under oath at a deposition, for filing false campaign disclosure statements and filing a false affidavit with the Attorney General's Office.