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Casey reimbursement bid rejected

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FEDERAL Judge Consuelo Marshall has thumbed down a former federal receiver’s request for the reimbursement of $130,000 in personal funds he shelled out to cover the salary of his brother, who worked at a residential group home.

“The court finds no basis in the record to order reimbursement of monies that James J. Casey voluntarily paid to his brother, John W. Casey,” Marshall said in an order issued Wednesday.

James Casey was appointed as a member of the federal management team for the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, which was placed under federal receivership in 2010 as a result of a 2001 lawsuit.

He hired his brother as a residential coordinator at the Guma Hinemlo Residential Group Home at a rate of $42 per hour or $84,000 a year. John Casey worked at the Guma Hinemlo for two years, overseeing consumers dwelling at the group home. 

But Marshall said, “The court did not approve the employment of John W. Casey as either (a federal management team) member or (residential group home) coordinator at any point from March 2010 to January 2012.”

Despite James Casey’s declaration that the federal management team approved his brother’s hourly rate before he was hired, Marshall also noted that the court “expressly declined” to add John W. Casey to the federal management team in November 2010.

“At that time, the court understood that John W. Casey was working as (a residential group home) coordinator and that James J. Casey voluntarily paid his brother an unspecified income,” Marshall wrote in her order.

From February 2011 to February 2012, Jack W. Casey was employed as a residential treatment program manager with a salary paid by the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, formerly known as the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Approved

In a separate order issued July 15, the court approved James Casey’s request for reimbursement of other sundry expenses he paid out of his own personal funds, specifically the $3,350 in salary payments made to Group Home Manager Ray Aromin and eight psychiatric technicians as well as related expenses for housekeeping and maintenance services.

James Casey told the court he was compelled to cover the personnel and housekeeping expenses for a three-pay period due to a delay in the disbursement of the Supportive Housing and Community Development Block Grant.

James Casey resigned from the federal management team in January 2012, leaving Dr. James Kiefer as the only federal manager on board until the court lifted the receivership of the department earlier this year.

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