In an unrelated scandal, Abramoff pleaded guilty in January to federal charges including conspiracy to bribe public officials.
A court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Guam, according to information provided by the office of Guam Attorney General Douglas B. Moylan.
In a statement forwarded by Hills, dated Dec. 13, his attorney, Carol Elder Bruce, said he had committed no wrong.
"He is surprised and disappointed by the indictment returned this week by the outgoing Guam Attorney General concerning events from almost five years ago — events that already have been thoroughly investigated by competent Guam and federal authorities without finding that Mr. Hills did anything wrong," Bruce wrote.
"Mr. Hills had the honor and privilege of representing the Guam Superior Court as its lawyer between 1998 and 2002. During this time, he provided research and advice to the court on important Home Rule matters affecting the court. In 2002, Mr. Hills met his professional obligations to the court when he complied with the court's instructions to transfer his legal file to a new lawyer. How such conduct can now be construed as criminal is at the very least perplexing.
"Mr. Hills is confident he will be vindicated. It is unfortunate the Attorney General's office chose not to even contact him about the matter before returning this flawed indictment."
The charge against Hill stems from his acceptance of checks after he allegedly had been informed by Sanchez that the series of $9,000 payments were to avoid established procurement procedures.