Woman indicted for defrauding PUA program

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Myra Laca Imanil was indicted Friday by a grand jury panel for three counts of Identity Theft as a Third Degree Felony and three counts of Unsworn Falsification as a Misdemeanor.

She is accused of obtaining identification and using it to apply for the Guam Department of Labor’s (DOL) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a program intended to benefit individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of COVID-19.

She is also accused of writing a falsified letter and submitting it to the DOL.

A Grand Jury is made up of 16-23 members of the community who hear evidence and decide whether there is reasonable cause to believe that an accused has committed a crime.

At least 12 Grand Jury members must agree that reasonable cause exists in order to return a True Bill.

Her arraignment will be scheduled and that is when she will enter a plea of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ for the charges against her.

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