The trick to making a ton of money during the era of coronavirus is to 1) know the governor, and 2) open a sanitation company. Exemplum: JOGO Sanitation is owned by Jesseleo T. Ogo, who has close ties with the Torres administration. He opened his sanitation company only last year. And in one day alone , his company made more than the entire annual salary of a CNMI legislator by cleaning the prison at Susupe. That happened on December 4, 2021, when four JOGO Sanitation employees sanitized the prison between 11:30 p.m. and 1:20 a.m. Mr. Ogo charged the government $31,567. That is the equivalent of paying each of those workers $4,312.43 an hour. It is, by far, the most lucrative business in the Mariana Islands.
This information is a snapshot of a 26-page schedule of invoices Congressman Edwin Propst was able to track down involving JOGO and the Department of Corrections. It includes invoices for DOC cleaning by JOGO from December 1 through December 9, 2021. JOGO charged the CNMI government $146,588.80 for a total of 20.5 hours of work cleaning prison facilities. That comes out to $7,150.67 per hour of work.
According to the invoices, many of the same rooms within these facilities were sanitized day after day. For example, JOGO cleaned the prison’s Pod 3 at a daily cost of $1,411.20 on December 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7. The company charged the CNMI government $2,880 on each of those days to clean “Pod 3 Individual Cells.”
The daily charges at DOC far exceeded the daily charges JOGO invoiced for its cleaning of the Multi-Purpose Center and the MCAT Testing Tent. A November 16, 2021 invoice totaling $165,045 shows JOGO charged $4,749.50 for each of the 30 days it cleaned the Multi-Purpose Center (total $142,485). JOGO charged $752 for each of the 30 days in cleaned the MCAT Testing Tent (total $22,560).
We provide the invoices below: