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FBI: $23,000 seized from birth-tourism defendant

THE Federal Bureau of Investigation seized $23,000 and other items from the residence of a man accused of operating an illegal birth-tourism operation on island, according to documents filed in federal court.

The defendant, Sen Sun, recently signed a plea agreement with the U.S. government and pled guilty to the charge of harboring illegal aliens.

According to the FBI, it executed a search warrant on Sen Sun’s residence — a two-story house on Earhart Rd in Gualo Rai — on Nov. 16, 2017.

The FBI stated that Sun employed unauthorized aliens as caregivers.

One of the unauthorized caregivers was interviewed by the FBI, and said that “she had worked for [the] defendant for approximately six months, and was paid three times in cash. She believed the cash came from [the] defendant’s clients, the pregnant women who [the] defendant instructs to bring between $20,000 and $30,000 in cash from China.”

The FBI stated that Sun used a straw purchaser to buy three vehicles. A straw purchaser is used when the real buyer cannot complete the transaction for some reason.

The FBI said the vehicles were used for Sun’s illegal operation, and that further investigation also revealed that the defendant had no local bank accounts, no business license, no corporations registered in his name, and that he did not rent or own any office space.

Sun, however, bragged about having as much as $1 million stored somewhere on Saipan — profit from his illegal business operation, the FBI said.

Upon his arrest on Nov. 3, 2017, the FBI said Sun had in his possession, among other things: a Louis Vuitton handbag; a pair of Cartier sunglasses, a black leather Hermes zipper bag; a blue leather Hermes zipper bag; a Bulgari diamond earring; a DFS receipt for a different Hermes bag purchased for $6,500 cash; and $8,541 in cash.

On Nov. 9, 2017, the FBI interviewed the owners of the two-story house and confirmed that they rented the residence to Sun for $2,800 per month.

Sun, who authorities said is an overstaying tourist, will be sentenced in federal court on March 30, 2018.