CCC MANAGEMENT 2015 - 2018

Andrew Yeom
Acting Director

Andrew joined the CCC on July 2015 as the Technology Auditor before quickly obtaining his promotion to Manager of the Division of Audit & Compliance. This Division was subsequently split into two Divisions: Division of Compliance, and the Division of Audit. Andrew was most recently an Executive in charge of the Gaming Division of the High1 Entertainment, an affiliate of “Kang Won Land” Casino (the biggest Casino in Korea). Before joining High1 Entertainment, he worked over 10 years as a head manager of global businesses at various renowned publicly listed (NASDAQ and/or KOSDAQ) gaming companies in Korea. Prior to his arrival in Korea, he worked as an IT engineer/programmer and a software QA for Salomon Smith Barney/CitiGroup at Wall Street, NY. At CitiGroup, Andrew also earned a QA diploma for completing the CitiGroup Boot camp/academic course. Andrew is a graduate of Rutgers, a New Jersey State University, receiving his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Marketing in 1994. He also graduated with honors in computer programming from the Chubb Institute in New Jersey, an advanced professional institute for computer programming.

Andrew has completed Technical trainings that include: Gaming Machine Field Inspection, Gaming Devices and Accounting, Game Mathematical & Performance Analysis, and Casino Cage Operations. Also, he has completed Title 31/ Anti-Money Laundering training provided by regulators from the United States Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Internal Revenue Service, Advanced Gaming Regulatory trainings provided by the Nevada Gaming Control Board and through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ International Center for Gaming Regulation on Regulating Land-Based Casinos, Casino Auditing, and Pre-Licensing Financial & Background Investigations.

Ruth Ann P. Sakisat

Executive Assistant to the Commission

Ruth Ann joined the Commonwealth Casino Commission (“CCC”) on January 1, 2015 as the Executive Assistant to the Commission. She brings with her over 20 years of government service experience from holding positions at various supervisory to management capacities. In October of 2014, she volunteered her time to provide executive assistance to the five Commissioners of the newly created CCC. After a few months of rigorous work helping to organize this new regulatory agency, Ruth Ann was hired as the Executive Assistant to the Commission. Prior to joining the CCC, she was the General Manager of the Commonwealth Government Employees Credit Union, a position Ruth Ann held for four years (December 2014). Those whom work with her describe her as having a diligent work ethic, positive attitude, effective communication skills, and keen foresight that is critical to the CCC’s event and strategic planning.

Ruth Ann has received numerous training including but not limited to Casino Regulatory Enforcement, Fundamentals of Regulation for Land-Based Casinos, and Pre-Licensing Financial and Background Investigations from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Gaming Institute; the National Workshop on Financial Crime conducted by Oceania Customs Organization; Supervisory Training on Substance Abuse Awareness and Drug Free Work Place Policy and Procedures conducted by OPM and WestCare; attended the 2016 & 2017 International Association of Gaming Regulators Conferences; attended the ACAMS 9th Annual AML & Financial Crime Asia Pacific Conference.


Velma Lore

Division of Permit & Licensing - Manager

Velma joined the CCC in August 2015 as the Manager for the Division of Administration, which was subsequently renamed the Division of Permit and Licensing. She brings to the agency a strong educational background and over 10 years of administrator experience in administrative and customer relations. Prior to assuming her new role with the CCC, Velma worked for the Public School System (San Antonio Elementary School) and Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, Saipan, CNMI; Express Personnel, Portland, Oregon; ABM Industries; the Idaho State Tax Commission, JDH Gourmet, Ltd., San Bruno, California, and Bay Retail Groups, Ltd., San Francisco/Oakland, CA. Velma holds several degrees, including: an Associate’s Degree in Business, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Security.

Velma attended the following casino related training: ACAMS 9th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference, Pre-Licensing Financial & Background Investigations, UNLV Casino Regulatory Enforcement Training, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) Casino Regulation Training, USAO Law Enforcement Sensitive Training, and National Workshop on Financial Crime.

Ian Morrell

Information Technology - Manager

Ian joined the CCC in July of 2015 as the Computer Systems Administrator and was promoted to Manager of the Information Technology Section. Ian is the administrator of the CCC’s website. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from AIC, Denver after 5 years in the US Navy Submarine Fleet as a Navigations Electronic Technician, specializing in Navigation, Network Operations and Interior Communications. While in the Navy, Ian qualified for many diversified stations including Quartermaster, Auxiliary Electrician, and Atmospheric Monitoring. Ian is also an entrepreneur and is President/Creative Director of Typhoon Digital Productions, a company that provides video, animation, graphic and web design services for many local organizations. Ian served as a board member of the Autism Society of the CNMI and the State Rehabilitation Council.

Ian attended the following casino related training: University of Nevada, (UNLV) Las Vegas Regulatory Training, Global Laboratories International Electronic Gaming Machine Audit Training, Gaming Machine Field Inspection and the World Gaming Protection Conferences.


Michael Ernest
Assistant Attorney General, CNMI - Legal

Attorney Michael L. Ernest brings over 15 years of prosecutorial and international civil legal experience to his Commonwealth government service. He has served the Commonwealth in all three of its branches: First, as a law clerk to the Commonwealth Supreme Court; next as legal counsel to numerous Senates of the NMI Commonwealth Legislature; and finally, as an Assistant Attorney General where he served as Chief Prosecutor. In his present position as legal counsel to the newly created Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC), he was responsible for helping the Commissioners draft and enact all of the Commonwealth’s regulations and the Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS) pertaining to the casino industry. Presently, his efforts are focused on enforcement of the Casino Regulations and the MICS applicable to all holders of licenses granted by the Commission, representing the Commission in administrative and legal matters, and helping the Commissioner maintain and grow the Commonwealth’s newest industry.

Vicente B. Babauta

Division of Enforcement & Investigations - Manager (Oct. 2018 - Present)

Vince started at the Commission on April 2018, as the Special Agent-in-Charge for the Division of Enforcement & Investigation and promoted to Division Manager. Prior to joining the Commission, Vince was the Chief Investigator for the CNMI Office of the Attorney General Investigative Division. As Chief Investigator, Vince oversaw the day-to-day operations for both Civil and Criminal investigations. Vince has a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from City University in Seattle, Washington, and has over twenty years of law enforcement experience. Vince’s extensive experience, specifically in the area of White-Collar Crimes (Fraud, Embezzlement, Bribery, Financial etc.), is most reputable. Being experienced in the fields of Organized Crime, Prostitution Operation, Violent Crimes, Illegal Gambling are just the surface of his time spent in this field.

Vince has completed the following casino gaming trainings: Title 31-Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering, Regulating Land Based Casino, Pre-Licensing Financial & Background Investigations, Casino Crime Investigation, the 2019 World Gaming Protection Conference.


Edward R. Cabrera
Division of Enforcement & Investigations - Manager (Aug. 2015 - Oct. 2018)

Edward joined the CCC in August 2015 as the Manager of the Division of Enforcement and Investigations. He graduated with the 197th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. Edward received numerous trainings in law enforcement from both the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) government and the United States federal government. Mr. Cabrera brings with him a sundry approach to the field of law enforcement. With over 22 years of law enforcement experience, he specializes in civil, regulatory, and criminal investigations. Throughout his law enforcement career, he actively participated in numerous investigations that directly and indirectly involved criminal activities such as: racketeering, prostitution, narcotics, illegal gambling, white-collar crimes, human smuggling, and corruption, most involving finance and other proceeds of illegal activities and various forms of record keeping, documentation and functional aid.

Edward attended the following casino related training: University of Nevada, (UNLV) Las Vegas Regulatory Training, Pre-Licensing Financial and Background Investigation Course (UNLV), Advanced Enforcement Issues for Gaming Regulators, Casino Crimes Practitioner’s Workshop, Casino Essentials Anti-Money Laundering Workshop, G2E Gaming Management (UNLV): Compliance and Regulatory Training, GLI Electronic Gaming Machine Audit and Training, and the World Gaming Protection Conferences.

Member: Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy Association (FBINAA) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Charlie Atalig
Acting Director (May 04, 2020 - August 07, 2020)

Charlie Atalig is the Manager for the Division of Audit. He has five years of public accounting experience working for one of the largest life sciences and technology accounting practices in San Diego, CA—CBIZ MHM, LLC. He has worked on a multitude of engagement types with clients in varying industries ranging from large multi-state law firms to publicly-traded tech corporations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from San Diego State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Accountancy, also from San Diego State University.

Charlie has completed Title 31/ Anti-Money Laundering trainings provided by regulators from the United States Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Internal Revenue Service; as well as Gaming Regulatory trainings provided by the Nevada Gaming Control Board and through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ International Center for Gaming Regulation—topics include Regulating Land-Based Casinos and Casino Auditing for Gaming Regulators.