by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Former Department of Public Works chief engineer, Liberty Perez, chief planner and public information officer Josephine Torres, and engineer supervisors Danilo Galiza and Ariel Evarola are scheduled to answer to federal criminal charges on Tuesday. The four are accused of falsifying records in order to obtain more than $5,000 in overtime compensation for work the feds contend they never actually performed on federally funded projects.
They are charged with conspiracy to commit fraud concerning a program receiving federal funds, fraud concerning a program receiving federal funds, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In 2008, these same four employees were faced with the same charges, but the case was thrown out in the Superior Court.
The detention hearing is scheduled for this Thursday.