PO 10001, PMB 324
Saipan, MP 96950
August 16, 2012
Re: Urgent plea for assistance
Dear Insular Affairs,
I am an American Citizen recruited by the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) 11 years ago to teach for the Public School System. I am a cancer patient, who recently retired at age 66 with a small pension from the NMI Retirement Fund (Fund). I, along with approximately 3,000 other retirees, are facing the imminent loss of our pensions. We need your help.
The Fund is a Constitutionally guaranteed fund. Yet, for the last 7 years, the NMI Government has refused to make required contributions to the Fund According to the NMI Senate, the required moneys were allocated properly, but somehow failed to make it to the Fund.
About three years ago, the NMI Superior Court granted the Fund a judgment against the NMI Government in the amount of approximately $325 million dollars. However, to date, the NMI Government has totally ignored this judgment.
A few months ago, the NMI Government filed a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceeding on behalf of the Fund in Federal Court in Hawaii, Judge Farris presiding, only to have it dismissed as Bankruptcy was not a legal option. I believe the real option was Federal Receivership, and that the Bankruptcy filing was an attempt to avoid Federal Receivership.
Most recently, the FBI served a summons on our Attorney General for alleged violations of law and breach of the duties and responsibilities of his office. The FBI managed to serve him just as he, with the assistance of a police escort, was trying to leave the island to avoid service. On top of that, the last NMI Lt. Governor is serving 7 years in Federal Prison for abuse of Federal Funds.
There are many US citizens caught in this atrocity. We all see much more contributing to this problem than simply difficult economic times. We believe there is a sincere need of a Federal Investigation and hopefully some kind of Federal Intervention. Please hear our plea, and send someone here to find out what is really going on. I sincerely believe that what is going on in CNMI is not only un-American, it is likely criminal. The present Administration will not provide you with the true story.
I am not informed enough to know if a US Citizen has the right to request Federal help in saving a constitutionally guaranteed retirement fund of an American Territory. I only know that intervention is needed and that you are the last hope for me and the other 3000 pensioners. Therefore, I beseech you to do whatever you can to help us, and I thank you in advance for your time and attention to this matter. Should you have any questions, I can be reached at the above address or at firstname.lastname@example.org