Smith and Wong indicted for 56 counts; under investigation by FBI

Date Published: 
March 21, 2017
News Type: 
News
Program Area(s): 
Public and Indian Housing

(Source: Kaum News) Unsealed in the District Court of Guam today, two men have been indicted in the federal court for 56 counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and theft of government property, to name a few. Attorney Mark Smith was hired by GHURA as legal counsel in March 2011, and was prohibited from receiving funds directly or indirectly during his term.

Court documents state he was a landlord under the Section 8 program and worked with Glenn Wong, whom he transferred his interest in his properties to. GHURA Executive Director Michael Duenas declined to comment on the indictment, only saying the authority's former legal counsel is part of a 20-month investigation by HUD's Office of Inspector General and the FBI.

A Departmental Enforcement Center Report noted conflict of interest violations with Smith and the repayment of federal funds. Although Smith spent the night in jail, he was released on Monday. The duo will answer to the charges on March 27th...