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Home Sections NaFFAAgate The Ben Menor Trial Will Start on May 12th, as No More Postponement Is Seen
The Ben Menor Trial Will Start on May 12th, as No More Postponement Is Seen PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 March 2008 04:18

The trial of the People vs. Ben Benedicto Menor criminal case is scheduled on Monday, May 12, 2008,  beginning at 8:30 a.m. The venue is the County of Santa Clara Superior Court, Department 24, 190 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA. Several San Jose city staff members and community leaders were served with subpoenas to appear and testify at the trial.


Ben Menor, the former president/CEO of the Filipino-American Senior Opportunities Development Council, Inc. (FASODC) was indicted in November 2006 by the Santa Clara County Grand Jury of three counts of felonies:  (1) embezzlement, (2) fraud and (3) grand theft.

The District Attorney alleges that Mr. Menor committed the crime of embezzlement when he hired a full-time staff member with city funds for 15 months to take care of his mother and father at his home after selling his parents' home in Palo Alto for more-than $600,000. The basis for the fraud indictment was the allegation that he submitted false documents claiming for reimbursement payments from the City of San Jose. The accusation of grand theft lies on the allegation that Mr. Menor took a certain amount of money from another foundation grant designated for agency activities to finance the NAFFAA convention in San Jose in August 2002. The NaFFAA is the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations of which Mr. Menor served at that time as one of its national executive officers.

The prosecution submitted more-than 30,000 pages of documents that corroborate supposedly the indictments against Mr. Menor. The public defender, who is handling Mr. Menor’s defense, used the argument that it needed time to read and digest the tens of thousands of documents to move for postponement of the trial in December 2007 and February 2008.

On June 16, 2005, the City of San Jose Auditor completed its audit on the FASODC.  The auditors found more-than $219,000 of City of San Jose public funds were misspent by the FASODC, in which Ben Menor was the president/CEO. Mr. Menor was also the principal signatory of its more-than 13 bank accounts maintained in some 10 banks.  These funds were to provide services to low-income Filipino and other seniors, Filipino WWII veterans, youth and low-income families.  Using these funds elsewhere denied those who were designated by the city to receive the services and the opportunity to receive them.

On December 31, 2006, the City of San Jose terminated its contract for services with the FASODC.

In a similar development, the City of San Jose is waiting for the conclusion of the criminal trial, so as to proceed with its civil lawsuits against officers of the FASODC to recover the misspent funds. # # #


Editor’s Note: Please find the following past articles related to the civil and criminal cases filed against Mr. Menor ...

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