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Defendants in recently unsealed cases plead not guilty

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THE defendants in the four recently unsealed separate cases have  pleaded not guilty to the charges.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, for her part,  issued separate conditions of release for each defendant following their initial appearances in court.

Brian Galang Lizama is accused of impersonating his brother and making a series of withdrawals amounting to $30,000 from his brother’s Bank of Guam account.

He was charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

On Aug. 21, 2020, Judge Manglona ordered Lizama released on an unsecured bond of $10,000, with conditions, after the prosecution did not move for his detention.

Attorney Colin Thompson was appointed to represent Lizama whose jury trial was set for Oct. 27, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Other defendants

Servillana Soriano, Halim Khan, and Aminul Islam were each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S.

They appeared in court for an initial hearing on Aug. 20, 2020 with  their court-appointed attorneys.

Judge Manglona  set their jury trial for Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.

After the prosecutor did not move for detaining the defendants, the judge ordered their release under their own personal recognizance with conditions.

According to the indictment, between Aug. 1, 2018 and Feb. 11, 2019, the three defendants agreed together and with each other to defraud U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services “in the fair and objective evaluation of applications for CW-1 non-immigrant visas.”

In exchange for money, the indictment stated, RES International LLC would submit a petition for CW-1 visas that would falsely state and fraudulently represent that a full-time employer-employee relationship would exist between RES and the beneficiaries, which included defendant Aminul Islam, “when in fact, no such relationship was intended and the primary purpose of the application was to obtain legal status for those beneficiaries.”

Attorney Mark Hanson was  appointed by the court to represent Soriano; attorney Bruce Berline will represent Khan; and attorney Robert Torres will represent Islam.

Conspiracy to defraud

In a separate indictment, Barrie James Ladd and Hiron Mollah were charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

Their jury trial will start on Oct. 20, 2020 at 10 a.m.

The defendants were released on their own recognizance.

According to the indictment, Misamis Construction Saipan Ltd., owned by Ladd, would submit a petition for a CW-1 visa that would falsely and fraudulently represent that a full-time employer-employee relationship would exist between Misamis and Hiron Mollah, when in fact, no such relationship was intended and the primary purpose of the application was to obtain legal status for Mollah.

Attorney Colin Thompson was appointed to represent Ladd while attorney Mark Hanson will represent Mollah.

Fraudulent petition

A separate indictment charged Faroque Hosen with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government by filing a fraudulent CW-1 petition to USCIS.

Attorney Richard Miller was  appointed by the court to represent Hosen who was also released on his own recognizance.

His jury trial will start on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.

According to the indictment, “It was part of the conspiracy that a Saipan-based company, known to the grand jury, would, in exchange for money, submit a petition for a CW-1 visa that would falsely and fraudulently represent that a full-time employer-employee relationship would exist between that company and defendant Faroque Hosen, when in fact, no such relationship was intended and the primary purpose of the application was to obtain legal status for Hosen.”

The indictment did not mention the name of the Saipan-based company.

 

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