08 May 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
JAPANESE investor Takahisa Yamamoto’s decision to drop his lawsuit in federal court against MV Luta’s registered owners has no relevance to the civil action filed in Superior Court by the CNMI government against the same defendants, Attorney General Edward E. Manibusan told Variety.
In Feb. 2017, the CNMI government, through the Office of the AG, sued the defendants for receiving public funds without authorization, wrongful retention of public funds, unjust enrichment, and using public funds for personal use.
The MV Luta registered owners are Luta Mermaid LLC officials Abelina T. Mendiola, Deron T. Mendiola, Fidels S. Mendiola, and Fidel Mendiola Jr.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the CNMI Department of Finance for the nonpayment of appropriated public funds in the amount of $400,000.
The AG’s office is asking the court for a judgment against Luta Mermaid, ordering the recovery of the $400,000.
“It is on track for trial,” Manibusan said in an interview. “We are pursuing it. The federal case has no relevance to our case. We have a different claim — totally different from the…federal case so we are pursuing it.”
Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja set the bench trial for Oct. 29, 2018 at 9 a.m.
On March 20, 2015, the Rota Legislative Delegation adopted Resolution 19-3 which authorized the secretary of Finance to lend $400,000 to the MV Luta owners, with the amount to be repaid within one year.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104259-ag-pursuing-lawsuit-against-mv-luta