1 Apr 2014

Majuro hospital bribery case lands in High Court

11:30 am on 1 April 2014

The Marshall Islands Attorney General has filed 52 criminal charges against the owner and manager of a Majuro-based pharmacy, alleging they bribed hospital officials to win bids for medical equipment, supplies and maintenance.

The Attorney General Jack Jorbon says charges against Marshall Islands government workers involved in the scheme will be filed in the coming weeks.

The owner of Genesis Island Enterprises RMI, Herminio Alfonso, and the Manager, Ariane Jay Demayo, were both charged on Thursday with 52 criminal counts.

They include bribery, theft by deception, securing execution of documents by deception, and criminal conspiracy.

Only Mr Demayo was on the island and present at an initial hearing on Friday before Chief Justice Carl Ingram.

He was ordered to hand in his passport to the Clerk of Courts and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.