A man convicted in a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance fraud case partially won his appeal before the Supreme Court of Guam.

Justices overturned the unsworn falsification conviction against George Chambers, but upheld the charge of tampering with public records.

According to a news release, from the Judiciary Chambers argued that the fake business license was not a public record because he was the one who had created it. The court rejected this argument, holding that a wholesale invention of a document purporting to be a public record can properly be considered a public record.

The high court also found there was no evidence that Chambers was trying to send Guam Department of Labor employees in the wrong direction; he wanted them to believe
he was eligible for PUA benefits, which he was.

The case was remanded to the trial court for further proceedings.