Imperial Pacific, Saipan guv reject latest Bloomberg allegations

Casino operator Imperial Pacific International (IPI) and Saipan’s governor are pushing back against allegations of corruption made via a Bloomberg News article.

Last week, Bloomberg published a lengthy exposé of what it deemed to be IPI’s dismal worker safety record, the eyebrow-raising numbers generated by its gaming tables and whether financial payments to legislators’ relatives can explain the government’s laissez-faire approach to regulating IPI’s activities.

On Monday, IPI issued a statement calling the latest Bloomberg piece “just another enumeration of false claims similar to those in similar Bloomberg articles.” IPI said it was clear that “the article was written to attack Imperial Pacific, its owners and agents, the Commonwealth Casino Commission, the CNMI government and its leaders, and individual members of the CNMI community.”

Among the latest Bloomberg article’s allegations was the company making “millions of dollars in payments to family members of the territory’s governor, Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres.” These payments included $126k paid to a law firm run by Torres’ three brothers, a land lease payment of $667k to Torres’ sister-in-law for a property she purchased five months earlier for just $180k, and over $4m in land payments to Serafin Camacho, who’s married to the governor’s first cousin Lillian.

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