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Key government witness in Mayor Atalig’s trial to undergo 3-week training

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 OFFICE of the Public Auditor investigator Travis Hurst has been accepted into a three-week training program with the U.S. Secret Service, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric O’Malley informed the federal court on Tuesday.

Hurst, a key U.S. government witness, was one of the agents who investigated Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and co-defendant Evelyn Atalig who have been charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, theft from program receiving federal funds, and two counts of false statements.

They are accused of arranging CNMI-government funded trips to California, Palau, Guam, and Saipan from Feb. 2018 to Aug. 2018.

O’Malley asked the court to reset the trial dates for the Ataligs to either on or around June 23 or on or around July 28, 2020.

The U.S. government prefers the earlier date if safety and circumstances permit, O’Malley added.

He said Hurst’s three-week training program with the Secret Service starts on July 6, 2020.

The defendants, O’Malley said, have indicated that they do not oppose resetting the trial date.

Attorney David Banes represents Mayor Atalig while attorney Steven Pixley represents Evelyn Atalig.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, for her part, has granted the request of Mayor Atalig to file under seal the motion to dismiss the indictment.

The defense said the motion will reference information regarding the grand jury proceedings in the case and the Henthorn materials covered by the court’s protective order dated February 25, 2020, Banes added.

Henthorn materials refer to information about agents and investigators that have interviewed a witness or defendant.

Judge Manglona will hear Mayor Atalig’s motion to dismiss the indictment on June 2, 2020 at 10 a.m.

In the CNMI Superior Court, Mayor Atalig and seven of his former and current resident directors were charged with misconduct in public office.

They are accused of taking government-funded per diem and salary compensation to attend a Republican campaign rally on Guam on June 23, 2018.

 

 

 

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