By: L.N. Reklai
April 21, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Customs and Border Protection employee Eudora “Didil” Lucio pled guilty to crimes of Money Laundering, Theft of Government Property in First Degree, Use of Computer in the Commission of Separate Crime, Misconduct in Public Office, and Tampering with Government Record and was sentenced by Presiding Judge Ngiraikelau to jail terms, lengthy probation and $65,000 fines. [restrict]
Sentences issued include:
- 1 year imprisonment for Money Laundering,
- 1 year imprisonment for each of the two counts of Theft of Government Property in First Degree with 10 years probation for each count,
- 1 year imprisonment for each of the two counts of Use of Computer in Commission of a Separate Crime with 10 years probation for each count,
- 1 year imprisonment for Misconduct in Public Office with 10 years probation, and
- 1 year for each of the 7 counts of Tampering with a Government Record.
The sentences if served concurrently mean that defendant Lucio will serve actual jail time of one (1) year for the 13 counts instead of 13 years served in jail.
Similarly, if the probation terms meted out by Justice Ngiraikelau are served concurrently (meaning all at once), and not consecutively (one after another), defendant Lucio will actually serve 10 years probation instead of 50 years probation.
Defendant Lucio was charged in December after an employee from Bureau of Customs and Border Protection found original receipts issued for charged $10 departure fees in a trash bin at the Palau International Airport.
After further investigation, it was found that Defendant Lucio was altering receipts as well as government records of departing passengers and taking money for her personal use. Investigation further revealed that funds were in turn given out as personal loans to employees in order to the disguise the source of funds into her personal accounts.
Defendant Eudora Lucio pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced on Friday, April 21, 2017. [/restrict]