Owner of PHL remittance firm in CNMI accused of wire fraud

An owner of a Philippine company engaged in remitting money from overseas Filipino workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has been accused of committing wire fraud.

The Marianas Variety reported on Tuesday that the prosecutor, assistant US attorney Beverly R. McCallum filed charges against Haydn L. Villegas of Philippine Express Remittance, which he co-owns with Anna Marie V. Villegas.

Haydn was allegedly involved in the transmittal of 50 worthless checks worth $109,585.33.

The checks were reportedly transmitted from the CNMI to the Philippines through the Philippine National Bank (PNB) Foreign Exchange in the Commonwealth.

The indictment claimed that Haydn, Anna Marie, and Armie Salamat, former manager of PNB Express Remittance in the CNMI “knowingly conspired and agreed with each other…to commit wire fraud.”

Salamat pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud, according to the news report.

Salamat has not yet been sentenced, while Anna Marie remains unindicted.

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