Guam – The trial of Public Works employee Ariel Evarola continued in District Court today. He is the only employee whose case went to trial after the other three charged signed a plea deal on the overtime fraud case.
The three who signed the plea deal are former Chief Engineer Liberty Perez, former PIO Josephine Torres and engineer supervisor Danilo Galiza. All three pleaded guilty to misprison of felony. As a result, Evarola is the only one now facing conspiracy fraud charges.
The case stems from federally funded projects dating back to 2006 and 2007. A government-wide moratorium had been issued on all overtime, but an executive order by then governor Felix Camacho had allowed for overtime on certain federal projects at DPW. Evarola is accused of falsifying documents so that he and others could collect overtime for hours they did not work.
Torres took the stand this morning. She was grilled by Defense Attorney Curtis Van De Veld on Evarola’s involvement in any of her payroll documents. Torres testified that Evarola had nothing to do with the processing or handling of her payroll, let alone, overtime.