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Overstaying alien with fake driver’s license gets time-served

AN overstaying alien with a fake CNMI driver’s license pled guilty to aiding and abetting fraud. He was sentenced to time-served of eight days.

At the change of plea hearing on Tuesday, Cong Chen, 28, was represented by court-appointed counsel Benjamin Petersburg, who recommended a sentence of time-served. Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe, the prosecutor, made the same recommendation.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona adopted the defense and prosecution’s recommendation and ordered Chen to pay $100 for the special assessment fee.

Chen will be released to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to ICE,  a Federal Protective Services inspector saw Chen illegally parked at the Horiguchi Building in Garapan on Nov. 27, 2018.

When asked for identification, Chen handed his “fictitious” CNMI driver’s license.

Chen entered the CNMI on April 7, 2017 and was granted a CNMI-only conditional parole that expired on May 13, 2017.

Through an interpreter, Chen admitted to ICE agent that he came to Saipan as a tourist but decided to stay and seek employment.

He said he paid a Chinese man on Saipan $1,200 for his fake CNMI driver’s license so he could drive a taxi.