The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) announced yesterday the resolution of the criminal charges against the former Executive Director of the Palau Public Lands Authority (PPLA) Jason Kesolei.

OSP in a press statement said that Kesolei entered guilty plea on August 24, 2017 before Associate Justice Lourdes F. Materne of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau to two counts of forgery and one count of cheating.

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As part of the plea agreement, Kesolei has resigned from his PPLA post and the court  has ordered a three year period of deferral of acceptance of the guilty plea, as authorized by 17 PNC § 601.

In that three- year period, Kesolei must make restitution payments totaling $20,000 to the victim of the crimes charged.

OSP filed the charges against Jason Kesolei that in 2013, the defendant convinced a  Korean national to give him $20,000 for a lease of a land in Meyuns, Koror. The victim planned to develop the property.

However, Kesolei had no rights to dispose of the property and was able to take in the national by presenting him two forged documents on Koror State Lands Authority (KSPLA) letterhead that purportedly indicated that that he has received a land lease from KSPLA. But the lot number did not exist.

“The OSP specifically thanks the staff and leadership of the Koror State Public Lands Authority for their cooperation in initially locating and forwarding this conduct to the OSP, “ the statement said.

The OSP remains committed to ensuring effective law enforcement against frauds perpetrated against individuals and private sector businesses, the statement added. (by: D.Carreon) [/restrict]