|Timothy P. Villagomez|
|7th Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands|
January 9, 2006 – April 24, 2009
|Governor||Benigno R. Fitial|
|Preceded by||Diego Benavente|
|Succeeded by||Eloy S. Inos|
June 10, 1962 |
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
|Political party||Covenant Party|
Timothy Pangelinan Villagomez (born September 10, 1962 Saipan) was the Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands who served under Governor Benigno R. Fitial until his resignation on April 26, 2009. Villagomez took office as Lieutenant Governor on January 9, 2006, after being elected as a ticket during the 2005 gubernatorial election. Villagomez, like Fitial, is a former member of the Republican Party, but is currently a member of the Covenant Party.
In August 2008, Villagomez was indicted on felony charges relating to the misuse of government funds. On April 24, 2009, he was found guilty along with former Commerce Secretary James A. Santos and his wife Joaquina V. Santos (Villagomez's sister) relating to a scheme to defraud the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. through needless purchases of a de-scaling chemical called Rydlyme. Awaiting sentencing on July 28, 2009, Villagomez tendered his resignation on April 24.
Villagomez's sentencing was delayed until August 5, 2009, at which time he was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison. He was sent to the Federal Correctional Institution at Phoenix, Arizona. His brother-in-law, Santos, and his wife were sentenced to 78 months. As of September 2009, the case was being appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Villagomez has since been transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary at Tucson, Arizona with a projected release date of December 17, 2015.
In December 2012, the Ninth Circuit vacated Villagomez's sentence citing a mistake in calculation. On June 12, 2013, Villagomez was resentenced to 108 months, an increase of 21 months from the original.
- "Lt. Governor Not Committed To Running For Re-Election, Report Says". Marianas Variety (Pacific Magazine). 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
- Villagomez resigns, Saipan Tribune, 2009-04-27
- de la Torre, Ferdie (2009-01-17). "Villagomez pleads not guilty". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
- Sebastian, Stefan (2008-08-12). "Villagomez, 3 others indicted". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
- Ferdie de la Torre (September 19, 2009). "Tim Villagomez now in Arizona federal prison". Saipan Tribune.
- "Inmate Locator: Timothy P. Villagomez". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
- Tim’s new sentence: 9 years
|Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
Eloy S. Inos