Hearing for woman accused in UOG bid rigging scheme moved to September
Jayanika Lawrence was scheduled to appear in court today, but her hearing has now been moved to Sept. 4, additionally, attorney Leilani Lujan was appointed to represent her.
Lawrence along with University of Guam Professor Thomas Marler are accused of being involved in a scheme to rig bids for federally funded projects worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Marler has already pleaded not guilty.
Marler was a Principal Investigator for UOG's federally funded projects and was responsible for awarding the work and payments. He allegedly failed to disclose his financial interest in a company called Isla Paraiso, which along with Lawrence's company Sansar Consultants.
As a result of the scheme, the duo cashed in on more than $200,000 in projects between November 2013 and June 2015. Marler is scheduled to be back in court October 10.