AGANA, Guam — The governor of Guam, his assistant chief of staff and four other people were indicted today on charges that include extortion, bribery, wire fraud and tampering with witnesses in a kickback scandal.
Democratic Gov. Ricardo J. Bordallo faces 12 counts in the indictment handed down three days before he faces a tough Democratic primary fight against Speaker T. C. Gutierrez for a third term.
Prosecutors contend that Bordallo solicited up to $200,000 in kickbacks to fund his campaign in exchange for approving contracts.
Before his indictment, Bordallo, 58, said he was the victim of a "political lynching party" supported by Republicans and Washington officials.
Bordallo was indicted on four counts of bribery, two of extortion and one each of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion, attempted extortion, fraud by wire, conspiracy to obstruct justice in trying to coerce witnesses into lying and witness tampering in trying to influence testimony.