Timothy Villagomez

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Timothy P. Villagomez
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7th Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
In office
January 9, 2006 – April 24, 2009
Governor Benigno R. Fitial
Preceded by Diego Benavente
Succeeded by Eloy S. Inos
Personal details
Born Timothy Pangelinan Villagomez
(1962-06-10) June 10, 1962 (age 54)
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,[1] until his resignation on April 26, 2009.[2] 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.[1]

Background[edit]

Villagomez is a relative of former Mariana Islands Governor Pedro Tenorio and his wife, First Lady Sophia.[3]

Scandal[edit]

In August 2008, Villagomez was indicted on felony charges relating to the misuse of government funds.[4] 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.[5] Awaiting sentencing on July 28, 2009, Villagomez tendered his resignation on April 24.[2]

Sentencing[edit]

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. The case was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[6] Villagomez was later transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary at Tucson, Arizona with a projected release date of June 25, 2017.[7]

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.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lt. Governor Not Committed To Running For Re-Election, Report Says". Marianas Variety. Pacific Magazine. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-02. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20120214005412/http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?newsID=89728. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ de la Torre, Ferdie (2009-01-17). "Villagomez pleads not guilty". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  4. ^ Sebastian, Stefan (2008-08-12). "Villagomez, 3 others indicted". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Ferdie de la Torre (September 19, 2009). "Tim Villagomez now in Arizona federal prison". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. 
  7. ^ "Inmate Locator: Timothy P. Villagomez". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Diego Benavente
Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Eloy S. Inos