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Phan, Islam appeal sentence

TWO of the three men convicted by a federal jury for their involvement in an illegal labor scheme have appealed their sentence to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

David Trung Quoc Phan and Mohammed Rafiqul Islam, through attorney Bruce Berline, have notified the District Court for the NMI about their appeal.  The notices did not indicate the grounds for the appeal.justiceScales01s

Berline earlier said an appeal “is automatic in a case like this.”

The third defendant Muksedur Rahman is also expected to appeal his sentence.

On March 9, 2018,  Designated Senior Judge John C. Coughenour issued the  sentences for Phan, Islam and  Rahman.

Islam was sentenced to 18 months behind bars, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Phan was sent to jail for eight months and two years of supervised release but no restitution.

Rahman was sentenced to 48 months in jail, and three years of supervised release.

Islam and Rahman were also ordered to pay the victims $188,426 in restitution.

The three were found guilty of two counts of mail fraud, three counts of fraud in foreign labor contracting, and one count of fraud and misuse of visas and permits.

According to the U.S. government, “The defendants defrauded Bangladeshi men by promising them good-paying jobs in the United States, as well as ‘green cards’. The victims paid over $15,000.00 each, but when they arrived in Saipan in April of 2016, they were not given work as promised.”