Judge denies re-entry for Atty. Lujan in section 8 fraud case

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Judge Ramona Manglona denied all motions filed by Attorney Mark Smith.

Guam – The case against ex-GHURA lawyer Atty. Mark Smith for alleged section 8 fraud will continue in federal court.

In District Court today, Judge Ramona Manglona issued a series of decisions on a number of motions filed by Smith. All motions were denied. They are motions for dismissal, reconsideration and to allow legal counsel David Lujan to re-enter as Smith’s attorney of record.

Smith and his friend Glenn Wong are facing section 8 housing fraud charges after Smith allegedly continued to benefit from the section 8 program through Wong despite a conflict of interest as the GHURA legal counsel.

The pair went to trial in September but shortly after opening statements, a mistrial was declared and Lujan was disqualified from serving as Smith’s legal counsel. During trial, a Lujan’s representation of Smith became problematic since Lujan had also previously served as GHURA legal counsel and had faced a similar situation.

Earlier this month, Smith informed the court that he is still negotiating with Attorney William Gavras for representation in the case.