Wong takes Section 8 fraud case to 9th Circuit


Wong believes Judge Manglona’s denial of his motion is a violation of his 5th amendment rights.

Guam – A man accused of Section 8 housing fraud is taking his case up to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Glenn Wong, through his attorney Bill Maher, filed an interlocutory appeal with the Ninth Circuit, over federal Judge Ramona Manglona’s denial of his motion to dismiss.

Wong and former Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority attorney Mark Smith were indicted earlier this year on Section 8 Housing fraud-related charges. Authorities allege Smith continued to benefit from the Section 8 program even while he was serving as GHURA legal counsel.

Smith’s property was transferred to Wong to avoid a conflict of interest, but Smith allegedly continued to receive money from the program.

Both went on trial in September but the case ended in mistrial because of a conflict of interest in Smith’s legal counsel, attorney David Lujan. Wong, however, argued against the mistrial, noting that Judge Manglona’s declaration for mistrial did not apply to him.

Judge Manglona denied Wong’s motion to dismiss late last month and set a new trial date for February of next year.