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Defense attorney in CW-1 scheme case wants trial postponed

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ATTORNEY Colin Thompson is requesting the District Court for the NMI to postpone the jury trial of his client who was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

Thompson represents James Ladd, owner of Misamis Construction Saipan, Ltd.

A co-defendant, Hiron Mollah, was also charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.

According to the indictment, Misamis Construction Saipan Ltd. “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.”

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona recently scheduled the trial for Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.

In his motion to continue the trial,  Thompson said on Aug. 25, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office provided over 1,500 discovery documents.

“The discovery materials have yet to be reviewed thoroughly,” he said, adding that he requires additional time to review the discovery materials and to prepare his client’s case.

“The ends of justice would be served by continuing the jury trial date in this matter until a new date set by the court; vacating both the current trial and pre-trial motions dates; and by this court’s finding that excludable delay exists from the date of filing of the instant motion, through and including the new start date of the trial,” Thompson said.

Mollah is represented by attorney Mark Hanson.

 

 

 

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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