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CNMI OPA Legal Counsel visits FSM OPA

Ms. Nancy Gottfried, Legal Counsel at the CNMI Office of the Public Auditor, visited the FSM OPA from September 22 to 26, 2008 at the invitation of the FSM Pubic Auditor. According to her, the primary topic of the work was to discuss how best to translate the investigative work done by the Compliance Investigation Division (CID) of ONPA into tangible public benefits.

During her visit, Nancy worked closely with the Public Auditor Haser Hainrick, Chief Investigator Sophia Pretrick, Investigative Auditors Fletcher Poll and Kelly Samuel on issues pertaining to prosecution of cases investigated by CID.

All agreed that in a best case scenario, investigations would lead to prosecutions of government fraud, waste, and abuse. However, because FSM ONPA cannot prosecute its own cases, with Nancy the group discussed various ways to improve the referral and prosecution of completed cases.

Ms. Gottfried obtained her bachelor's degree from Duke University and her law degree from the National Law Center, George Washington University. She has lived in Saipan for 12 years and has been with the CNMI OPA for five years. Nancy wishes to thank everyone in the office especially Haser, Sophia and the rest of the CID staff.



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