Office of Special Prosecutor filed multiple charges against former Executive Commissioner of the Financial Institutions Commission (FIC) Semdiu Decherong.

Mr. Decherong was charged with 3 felonies and 2 misdemeanors alleging Misconduct in Public Office for driving a government vehicle unrelated to his official functions, Criminal Property Damage for crashing the government vehicle into private property and private vehicle (a cost exceeding $300), and Theft of Government Property by using a government vehicle for personal use. These are felony charges with penalties ranging from $300 to $25,000 and possible imprisonment of 5 to 10 years.

Misdemeanor charges include Violation of Code of Ethics for using government properties for private activities, and Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or driving while intoxicated.

These charges arise from an incident that occurred between December 4 and 5, where a picture of a government vehicle belonging to FIC was shown crashed into the Umi Restaurant door, and a video was taken of Mr. Decherong’s exchange with an individual who was filming him. The pictures and video were shared widely on December 5, leading to Mr. Decherong being fired by the FIC Board on December 6.

Mr. Decherong entered no guilty plea to the above charges and the case is set for a plea hearing on January 10.

Meanwhile, an investigation is ongoing to find the person(s) that smashed the windows and slashed the tires of the same government vehicle that crashed into the restaurant that same night.

It is the first case where the driver of a government vehicle involved in an accident is charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.

The defendant is presumed innocent of the above charges unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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