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Defendant in harboring illegal alien case posts $15K bond

DISTRICT Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy has ordered the release of a man who was charged with harboring two illegal aliens for cash, including a child enrolled at a public school, after he posted a $15,000 unsecured bond.

Francisco M. Tydingco appeared in custody with court-appointed counsel David Banes while Assistant United States Attorney Russell Lorfing appeared on behalf of the federal government.

The U.S. government’s first witness was Jesse Dubrall, task force officer of the Department of Public Safety-Homeland Security Investigations.

Banes moved to strike Dubrall’s testimony as hearsay but the court accepted the testimony while noting that Banes’ objections will be considered when weighing   evidence.

The defense’s first witness was Ronald Manglona who was also proposed to be the third-party custodian.

The court ordered the defendant to abide by the terms and conditions of his release, including not violating any local, federal or state laws; cooperating in the collection of a DNA sample if it is authorized; advising the court before making any change of residence or telephone number; appearing in court as required; and if convicted, he must surrender as directed to serve the sentence the court may impose.

Kennedy likewise ordered the defendant not to leave the CNMI without prior written permission from the court. He is not allowed to have direct or indirect contact with the co-defendant in the case or anyone who may be a witness in the investigation.

The defendant, in addition, must submit to testing for a prohibited substance if required by the pretrial services or supervision officer. He must not possess a firearm or destructive device and other weapons.

Kennedy placed the defendant on curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and ordered him to remain in the house of Ronald Manglona.

The Homeland Security Investigations Task Force filed a criminal complaint charging Tydingco and Lili Zhang Tydingco with two counts of harboring an illegal alien last month.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona issued a bench warrant for the couple after they did not show up for their initial hearing on Dec. 28, 2015.