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Woman in bank fraud case sentenced to time served

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JANEE Marie Famy Babauta, who admitted withdrawing $12,208 without authorization from her mother’s Bank of Guam account, was sentenced to time served — seven days.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona also placed Babauta on three years of supervised release.

The defendant must pay a special assessment fee of $100, but the fine was waived by the court. 

Babauta must perform 50 hours of community service, but this condition will be waived if she is gainfully employed.

Judge Manglona scheduled a restitution hearing for June 26, 2020 at 9 a.m., and vacated the jury trial.

Babauta, who pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud, has been compliant with the terms and conditions that the court previously ordered, the judge said.

According to the indictment, Babauta, between March 20, 2019 and or about April 15, 2019, did knowingly and with intent to defraud and execute a scheme to obtain money under the control of Bank of Guam by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, by providing her mother’s personal identifying information in order to gain access to her mother’s savings account and converting approximately $12,208.40 to her own use through online transfers, transactions, and purchases.

A criminal forfeiture allegation was also incorporated in the indictment against Babauta.

She will forfeit to the U.S. government all property derived from the proceeds of the bank fraud.

Babauta was represented by court-appointed attorney Bruce Berline while Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe appeared for the federal government.

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