Jury clears Guam man in OT fraud case
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - The only Department of Public Works employee in Guam to face trial on overtime-fraud charges in a 2006 case has been acquitted by a federal grand jury.
Ariel Evarola was cleared by the jury on Tuesday, the Pacific Daily News reported (http://is.gd/SFYDlF).
Evarola was accused of falsifying claims for overtime on Federal Highway Administration projects during several months of 2006. He faced trial on charges of defrauding a program receiving federal funds, wire fraud and conspiracy.
Three other people were also accused of falsifying overtime records and encouraging others to also do so, including Liberty Perez, Josephine Torres and Danilo Galiza.
The newspaper reports Galiza admitted to receiving more than $18,000 in undeserved overtime when the indictment was handed down in 2012.
Before the trial started, Torres and Perez entered a plea that they knew about the scheme but didn't report it.
Evarola's att orney, Curtis Van de veld, argued throughout the trial there was no evidence that his client reported or collected overtime for which he didn't work.