30 Nov 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
AN illegal parking violation led to the arrest of an overstating alien with a fake CNMI driver’s license.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed a criminal complaint against Cong Chen for conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with identification documents.
In a court filing, ICE agent Michael D. Lansangan stated that on Nov. 27, 2018, a Federal Protective Service inspector encountered Chen illegally park outside the Horiguchi building where the federal courthouse is located in Garapan.
When asked for identification, Chen gave the inspector a “fictitious” CNMI driver’s license, Lansangan said.
The inspector then contacted Homeland Security Investigations for assistance and requested a background check on Chen.
Chen was found to have overstayed his CNMI-only conditional parole. A citizen of People’s Republic of China, Chen entered the CNMI on April 7, 2017 and was granted CNMI-only conditional parole until May 13, 2017.
Based on U.S. Department of Homeland Security records, Chen was granted entry into the CNMI under the name “Cong CHEN” and not “Chen CONG” as indicated in his driver’s license.
Lansangan said they consulted with the CNMI Bureau of Motor Vehicles which stated that Chen’s license was not in the BMV database.
In an interview through an interpreter, Chen admitted to the ICE agent that he came to Saipan as a tourist, and decided to stay and seek employment.
Chen also admitted that his CNMI driver’s license was fake, saying that he paid another Chinese man on Saipan $1,200 to obtain it.
He said he was introduced to this person on Saipan while having dinner with friends. This person told Chen that he could get a CNMI driver’s license without having to take a test. The person instructed Chen to have his photo taken and to give it to the person.
Chen said after a couple of days, he met the person at 99 Cents Supermarket in Garapan and paid him $1,200 for the fake driver’s license.
Chen appeared for an initial hearing on Thursday before Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona with Benjamin Petersburg as court-appointed counsel and interpreter Monique Kramer. Assistant United States Attorney Garth Backe appeared for the U.S. government.
After hearing from the parties, the court scheduled a detention hearing for Dec. 4, 2018 at 9 a.m., and a preliminary hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109178-overstaying-alien-with-fake-driver-s-license-arrested