Guam – Commissioners with the Civil Service Commission meet Thursday night on the question of whether to grant or deny motions for dismissal of cases involving four Port Authority employees who were fired for alleged corruption and fraud.
The four employees, Frances Arriola, Jose Guevara, Josette Javelosa and Bernadette Stern Meno, are appealing their Notice of Adverse Action they received from Port management last December. The four are part of seven employees who were fired for allegedly conspiring to falsify Meno’s worker’s compensation records for a work-related injury dating back to Sept. 2011.
The worker’s compensation request involved a $77,000 claim for off-island medical treatment which needed to approved by the Governor’s Office. The request raised red flags, according to Governor’s Chief of Staff Frank Arriola and an investigation was subsequently launched.
Along with the seven employee, the Port’s General Manager at the time, Mary Torres, was also fired for her “involvement” in the alleged scheme. Joanne Brown was then tapped to replace Torres.
At the hearing, the four employees and their legal counsels argued the basis of their motions to void their adverse action forms.
The commissioners will then decide whether to grant or deny those motions. If granted, the four employees’ jobs would be reinstated.
No decision had been reached as of this posting.