GHURA Board members preparing for trial in October

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The next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27.

Guam – Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola is trying to finish the trial for the GHURA executives by the end of the year.

In court on Friday, former GHURA board Chairman David Sablan, current GHURA Director Michael Duenas and five GHURA board members appeared in court for a criminal trial setting.

According to a declaration filed by the Attorney General’s Chief Prosecutor Phil Tydingco, Sablan allegedly held secret board meetings to discuss things like the awarding of millions of dollars worth of Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Resident Commissioner Roland Selvidge allegedly admitted to investigators that the GHURA Board of Commissioners would meet secretly in what they called “working sessions” in order to come to a consensus on how they would vote on issues regarding various things like bidders, bidders’ disqualification, awards of different contracts to certain bidders, Section 8 property matters and Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Sablan, Duenas and the five board members are charged with official misconduct and conspiracy as misdemeanors.

While Sablan has asserted his right to a speedy trial with one already scheduled for October 18, the other board members’ hearings were continued.

Attorney Joshua Walsh informed the court that the Attorney General’s office had failed to meet the deadline for objection to the severance of John Ilao from his co-defendants. According to Walsh the deadline was set for September 14, however the AG’s office did not file until this morning. Walsh stated that the prosecution was “blowing through that date.”

Chief prosector Joesph McDonald contended that it was not the intent of the AG’s office to delay, as they believed that the objection was already filed.

Judge Sukola has requested that the AG file a response to defend themselves and is also allowing the defense time to respond. The hearing has been continued until October 27 at 9 A.M.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.