By: L.N. Reklai
June 27, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Mrs. Beth Adelbai, a.k.a. Lillibeth Ann Garcia Sision is once again convicted on various criminal charges and sentenced to 10 years of probation with first year served in jail. Convictions comes while she is currently serving time in prison for other crimes, Conversion of Public Funds and Property, violating conditions of her probation and Obtaining Government Issued Identification Document Under False Pretenses.
Based on information from the Office of Special Prosecutor, Beth Adelbai pled guilty to one count of People Smuggling, two counts of Exploiting a Trafficked Person, one count of Aiding and Abetting Travel Document Fraud and one count of Aiding and Abetting Forgery.
Adelbai will serve her one year jail sentence concurrently with her current sentences and will be deported in March 2018 upon completing her jail term.
These convictions against Lillibeth Ann Garcia Sision Adelbai are result of fraudulent business operations she ran in 2012 to 2013.
According to OSP report, Adelbai led a “ring of collaborators” and recruited workers from other countries including the Philippines to come to work in Palau. She exhorted huge amount of money from foreign nationals, promising them jobs and high wages in Palau.
Workers upon arriving in Palau were taken to different jobs than what they applied for, paid only fraction of what they were promised and Adelbai forced them to pay additional money to allow them to change employers.
Furthermore, she used her residence and equipment to forge medical and police clearance for foreign workers in order to obtain Palau work visas for them and presented these false documents to Palau government authorities.
“This forgery resulted in numerous foreign workers entering into Palau under fraudulent pretenses, violating Palau’s labor laws which require the vetting of all foreign worker applicants’ medical health and criminal background,” stated the OSP report.
Office of Special Prosecutor calls for people to come forward with information on practices such as this. “The Republic of Palau only stands to benefit when individuals in our community take a strong stand against human trafficking, people smuggling, and exploiting trafficked persons.” [/restrict]