Former deputy AG suspects cover-up in AGO 'retirement scam'

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A former deputy attorney general has raised suspicion the government is covering up an alleged “retirement scam” at the Office of the Attorney General that cost the government of Guam nearly $1 million.

Joseph Guthrie, who served as deputy attorney general from 2003 to 2006, filed a formal complaint with Police Chief Stephen Ignacio and Attorney General Leevin Camacho on Feb. 1, alleging “double dipping” by former OAG employee John Patrick Mason.

More than 90 days since filing the complaint via email, Guthrie said neither agency has acknowledged receipt of his complaint.

“We are aware Mr. Guthrie filed a complaint with GPD,” Carlina Charfauros, spokesperson for OAG, told the Pacific Island Times. “We do not have comment at this time.”

An email and phone call to Ignacio were not returned as of this writing.

The complaint for official misconduct and falsification was filed against former AGO officials Philip J. Tydingco, Alicia Limtiaco, Alberto Tolentino, John Weisenberger, Leonardo Rapadas and Mason, who Guthrie alleged “were complicit in all or some of these crimes.”

“The victims of this criminal conduct were the Government of Guam Retirement Fund, and the Government of Guam General Fund,” the complaint reads.