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Northern Marianas, Philippines

Northern Marianas court denies bid to dismiss Philippines remittance case

The case against a remittance company indicted on charges of alleged conspiracy to defraud a Philippine bank will continue after the federal court ruled the charges were filed on time.

U.S. District Court for the Northern Marianas Islands designated judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood determined that Haydn L. Villegas’ last overt act occurred on Jan. 17, 2007, and that the grand jury returned the indictment within five years of the last overt act.

The Saipan Tribune reports that  Tydingco-Gatewood has therefore denied Villegas’ motion to dismiss the case.

Villegas, co-owner of the defunct Philippine Express Remittance, allegedly defrauded the Philippine National Bank of about $109,855.

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