GHURA lawsuit amended


The lawsuit against the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority filed in District Court has been amended.

The amended suit names GHURA board members Sabino Flores, Monica Guzman, Carl Dominguez, George Pereda, Joseph Cameron, and Joseph Leon Guerrero as defendants in the case.

Court documents state that plaintiff Ray Topasna, the current GHURA director, is seeking full recovery of all federal monies paid to former GHURA legal counsel Mark Smith.

This is to include money that Smith was paid to serve as legal counsel and as a landlord through Section 8.

Topasna is also seeking interest on his back pay and compensation for “the special damages” he sustained as a result of his termination.

The special damages would include the cost of the litigation and attorney fees.


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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.