Last DPW employee set to go to trial this week
Guam - Ariel Evarola, the fourth and final Department of Public Works employee accused of defrauding the feds in order to receive overtime pay will head to trial tomorrow.
Evarola along with Liberty Perez, Josephine Torres, and Danilo Galiza 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. Last week, Perez and Torres entered plea agreements admitting to "misprision of felony" for failing to report the fraud they allegedly witnessed. Back in 2012 Galiza also pleaded guilty to the charges.
As part of their plea deal, Perez and Torres are expected to testify against Evarola. Opening statements in Evarola's trial gets underway at 9 am at the District Court of Guam.