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Another overstaying alien cited for document fraud

ERCANG Yang, an overstaying alien from China, has been cited by the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations for document fraud.

HSI Special Agent Erwin T. Fejeran asked the federal court to issue an arrest warrant for Yang for conspiracy to unlawfully produce an identification document.

According to Fejeran, on Sept. 10, 2019, a Federal Protective Service officer observed a vehicle made an abrupt turn into the shoulder area before parking along Middle Road adjacent to the Marina Heights II building where the offices of several federal government agencies are located.

Upon approach of the vehicle, the FPS officer observed two males immediately exiting the vehicle. Fejeran said the FPS officer spoke with the operator of the vehicle and requested identification.

The operator, subsequently identified as Ercang Yang, presented a CNMI driver’s license and a People’s Republic of China passport, Fejeran said.

After conducting a system background check for Yang, Fejeran learned that there were no warrants for Yang but he appeared to be illegally in the U.S., the agent said.

At the HSI office, Yang’s identity and lack of immigration status were confirmed.

Fejeran said further checks revealed that the CNMI driver’s license that Yang presented was obtained using a fraudulent immigration document.

According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security records, Yang is a PRC citizen who entered the CNMI on Dec. 28, 2015 and was granted CNMI-only conditional parole by U.S. Customs and Border Protection until Jan. 14, 2016.

CNMI Bureau of Motor Vehicles personnel provided HSI investigators with Yang’s driver’s license and operator’s permit application form, including copies of his Rota CNMI driver’s license, PRC passport and U.S. immigration form I-797A, bearing the receipt number WAC-18-248-51161, Class CW-l, listing Yang as the beneficiary with a notice date of Aug. 23, 2018.

Fejeran said the receipt number listed on the 1-797A was valid but registered to another individual and not assigned to Yang. Moreover, records check conducted on Yang’s name and date of birth revealed no immigration petitions, he said.

In an interview through an interpreter, Yang said he was s told that he could travel to Saipan as a tourist and get a work permit after he arrived upon paying 20,000 China yuan or $2,800.

Yang confirmed that the license he presented to the FPS officer was his and that the license depicted his image, name and date of birth. Yang also admitted to traveling to Rota sometime in 2017, where he obtained a CNMI driver’s license.

Fejeran said Yang initially told agents that he used a translating application on his phone to fill out the Saipan driver’s license application and submitted a copy of his Rota driver’s license to obtain the Saipan driver’s license in his possession.

Yang said he did not take a written or driving test to obtain the driver’s license.

He said a friend assisted him to obtain the driver’s license, but he refused to implicate or identify his friend.