George Chambers Jr. was convicted Friday of attempting to deceive the Guam Department of Labor’s (DOL) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program by submitting a falsified business license to support his PUA application.
In March, Guam DOL reported that it had paid out $280.2 million in PUA, a program that assists thousands of individuals whose jobs have been impacted by the Coronavirus.
Prosecuting Attorney Dannis Le said, “The jurors appreciated the extraordinary challenge of creating an unemployment assistance program from the ground up and the difference it’s made on Guam. They sent a message that intentional dishonesty is something the community cannot ignore.”
“I also want to recognize the Guam Department of Labor employees for serving our community throughout the pandemic.”
Chambers was convicted of Tampering with Public Records and Unsworn Falsification, both as misdemeanors. He was acquitted of the other charges against him.
Each conviction carries up to one year jail time and a $1,000 fine. He will be sentenced on July 06, 2021 by Judge Vernon P. Perez.