By: L.N. Reklai
August 31, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Office of Special Prosecutor filed eight criminal charges against Wilhelm Aichi, also known as “Rekis” on August 25, 2017.
Mr. Aichi was arrested and arraigned on August 29 before Justice Oldiais Ngiraikelau of the Trial Division of Palau Supreme Court. He was taken into custody and his bail was set at $10,000 cash or $15,000 surety.
Eight criminal charges include one count of Money Laundering, four counts of Structuring, one count of Criminal Conspiracy to commit Trafficking (methamphetamine or ice), one count of Criminal Attempt and one count of Theft of Government Property in the First Degree.
According to charging information, Mr. Wilhelm Aichi had deposited a total of $64,200.00 into his bank accounts from December 2015 to December 2016. His combined net salary from his employment with Peleliu State for the same period was only $12,407.00.
He had no other known source of income beside his state employment according to the charging document.
Information also states that Mr. Aichi travelled to Philippines 10 times between June 2015 and August 2016 and in that time spent little over $7,800.00 dollars cash for airline tickets.
The charging document also alleges that Mr. Aichi committed Structuring by deliberately splitting deposits into his savings account and checking account in order to keep from “triggering the $10,000 automatic reporting requirement” by the bank.
The charges also allege that Mr. Aichi was conspiring with others to traffic methamphetamine or “ICE” to Palau from the Philippines.
Mr. Aichi was also charged for Theft of Government Property in the First Degree by receiving salary from Peleliu State when airline records shows that he was not in Palau during those periods that he received salary.
Mr. Aichi was released from jail after posting $10,000 dollar bail on Wednesday and is awaiting trial. [/restrict]