Last week Port Authority Attorney Mike Phillips maintained that the Port believes the seven employees who were fired from the Port in 2012 committed crimes.
Guam – Senator Mary Torres is responding to insinuations that she may have been involved in alleged fraud over at the Port Authority two and half years ago.
Last week Port Attorney Mike Phillips reiterated his belief that fired Port employees committed criminal acts. But so far, based on findings by the Civil Service Commission and the Superior Court, at least two of the employees were cleared of any wrongdoing.
It happened during a hearing for former Port Authority employee Frances Arriola. Port legal counsel Attorney Mike Phillips said that he believed Arriola and six others committed criminal acts while employed at the Port.
Phillips is referencing an alleged scheme in which seven employees are accused of falsifying workers compensation documents for former Port Marketing Manager Bernadette Stern Meno.
After the hearing, Phillips again repeated his allegations to PNC, this time including the former Port General Manager and now senator Mary Camacho Torres.
“We’re looking for a separate review with regard to the fact of one or two areas. One is the former GM and at least from all the allegations made and everybody who’s written on it, it appears that she either knew of everything that was going on or was part of it or in certain circumstances denied knowing that there was wrongdoing,” Phillips said.
PNC: “You’re talking about former GM Mary Torres?”
Phillips: “That’s correct.”
Phillips was talking about an appeal in the Supreme Court of Guam of decisions made by at least two Superior Court Judges who ruled in favor of the fired Port Authority employees, one of whom is Arriola the other is Jose Guevara.
Three others are still awaiting rulings from Superior Court judges, while the remaining two out of the seven have yet to have their cases heard before the Civil Service Commission.
While Phillips contends that the employees and possibly senator Torres committed criminal acts, none of the employees have ever been charged by the Attorney General’s Office of any crimes.
Senator Torres sent PNC a statement refuting Phillips’ allegations. She points out that it’s the AG’s job to prosecute individuals for criminal acts, saying “Her duty is to seek justice, unlike Mr. Phillips who is self-interested and engaging in a strategy to vigorously litigate baseless actions with the hope of making these cases so expensive that these employees, individuals with very limited resources, can no longer afford to continue.”
She goes on to say write, “The only actions which border on criminal are Mr. Phillips excessive billings and litigations by attrition strategy which have cost Guam’s taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more.”