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Man wanted in Nevada arrested on Saipan; bail set at $346K

DAGONG Jiang who flew to Saipan with his wife was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection last week on an outstanding warrant issued in Las Vegas, Nevada for felony fraud.

Dagong Jiang

Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho set the cash bail at $346,839 at a special bail hearing proceeding on Wednesday.

Jiang, 56, appeared in the custody of the Department of Corrections and was represented by attorney Bruce Berline who told the court that the defendant retained him as counsel.

Chief prosecutor John Bradley appeared for the CNMI government and requested for an extradition hearing.

Bradley told the court that he will ask for a CNMI governor’s warrant to extradite the defendant to Nevada.

Judge Camacho remanded Jiang to the custody of Corrections and ordered the defendant to return on Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. for an identification hearing/status conference.

In his declaration of probable cause for a fugitive arrest warrant, CBP officer Ronald Atalig Muna said Jiang arrived on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

CBP learned that Jiang had an outstanding arrest warrant issued on July 22, 2013 by a Clark County district attorney in Las Vegas Nevada where Jiang was charged with fraud and insufficient funds. Bail was set at $346,839.

The Clark County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the extradition of Jiang.

In an interview after the hearing, Bradley told reporters that Jiang was identified by an immigration officer electronically as he was being processed for entry to the CNMI.

“His fingerprints showed he had an arrest warrant in Nevada,” Bradley said. “We need additional paper work from Nevada so we can release him to them…. I will now be communicating with Nevada to make sure we get what’s called a governor’s warrant.”

Regarding the charges against Jiang, Bradley said, “I think they are…related to some gambling debt or issue with regards to money.”