FBI mum on recent execution of search warrant

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THE Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to say what specific documents or records its agents sought when they executed a search warrant at the apartment unit of an accountant employed by Imperial Pacific International.

“The FBI executed a search warrant in that area,” said Jason White, the Honolulu-based FBI spokesman in an email to Variety on Tuesday.

“Sorry, but FBI does not comment on ongoing investigations,” he added when asked to provide additional information.

FBI and CNMI Office of the Public Auditor agents executed the search warrant on the morning of Feb. 14. 2020 at Vestcor Village where IPI managers are housed.

Their target was Eson Yuen, IPI director of strategic planning and a certified public accountant. He was in his unit when the agents arrived, Variety learned.

According to a witness, the agents entered Yuen’s apartment and came out after a couple of minutes.

On Nov. 7, 2019 the FBI executed a search and seizure warrant signed by District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona who authorized the search and seizure of “all documents, records, and property (whether in the form of printed documents or stored in electronic or digital form) that constitute evidence of violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343, 1346, 1349, 1956 and/or 52 U.S.C. §30121 by Gov. Ralph Torres, his brothers Vincent Torres, Victorino Torres, and Joaquin Torres, Alfred Chi- Yam Yue of Marianas Consultancy LLC or Ron Li Anderson of Legend Realty.”

These U.S. laws pertain to fraud by wire, radio, or television; scheme or artifice to defraud; attempt and conspiracy; laundering of monetary instruments; and contributions and donations by foreign nationals.

The governor and IPI have denied any wrongdoing.

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