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Illegal alien charged in federal court over fake driver’s license

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A FOREIGNER who has no legal immigration status to be in the U.S. has been charged with one count of producing a fraudulently obtained identification document to law enforcement personnel.

Dingpin Kan presented a fake CNMI driver’s license at the Port of Saipan, Homeland Security Investigations special agent David West stated in an affidavit filed in federal court.

At an initial appearance hearing on Friday before District Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy, Kan was in the custody of the U.S. Marshals. David Banes represented Kan as her court-appointed counsel while Betty Bai served as her interpreter.

The U.S. government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe who told the court that the Chinese consulate is aware of Kan’s arrest.

Backe then made a motion for order of detention pending trial.

Judge Kennedy scheduled a preliminary hearing for Jan. 31, 2020 at 9 a.m. and a detention hearing for Jan. 21, 2020 at 2 p.m.

In his affidavit, Homeland Security Investigations special agent David West stated that on Jan. 15, 2020, Kan arrived at the Port of Saipan to clear a cargo container that was recently shipped to the Saipan seaport from China.

“Kan paid the dues as the consignee for the shipment and the cargo container was held for inspection. [In] the CNMI Customs inspection area, CNMI Customs Inspector Vicente Sablan asked Kan for identification, and she presented a CNMI driver’s license. CI Sablan allowed Kan to proceed into the cargo area of the seaport.

After clearing the cargo container, Kan was interviewed by Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Officer Raymond Renguul. During the interview, Kan informed…Renguul that she was a citizen of China and had no legal immigration status in the United States…. Renguul notified [Homeland Security Investigations or] HSI about Kan and her immigration status. HSI [Task Force Officer] Cristin Duenas conducted a search of Kan in the DHS database and determined that Kan is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China…and has no valid immigration status.

“Since Kan had no legal immigration status, HSI personnel contacted the CNMI Bureau of Motor Vehicles personnel regarding the CNMI driver’s license possessed and presented by Kan. BMV personnel informed HSI TFO Jesse Dubrall (a DPS detective assigned to the HSI Task Force) there was no information in the BMV system regarding that driver’s license and it was not issued by the BMV. Kan was escorted to the HSI office located in the Marina Heights II Business Plaza for further questioning based on her immigration status.

“At the HSI office, Kan met with SA West and TFO Dubrall. Although Kan was able to communicate in English, a Mandarin interpreter was utilized to communicate with Kan. Prior to the interview, Kan was advised of her rights, which she agreed to waive and answer questions.

“According to Kan, she came to the CNMI to work in 1998 and never obtained legal immigration status after U.S. immigration laws were enacted in the CNMI [in 2008]. Kan stated that she knew that she had no legal immigration status to be present in the United States.

“Kan stated that she obtained her CNMI driver’s license in 2013 and renewed it sometime in 2016 at the BMV. Kan stated that her driver’s license was expired and knew she could not renew it because she did not have any legal immigration status. Kan stated a friend named YZ told Kan that she (YZ) could get Kan a new driver’s license for $500.

“In November…2019, as directed by YZ, Kan sent YZ a copy of her passport with Kan’ s handwritten signature, a copy of her social security card, a passport photo, expired driver’s license and $500. Approximately three to four days later, Kan received her new CNMI driver’s license, showing it was issued November 19, 2019. Kan did not know how YZ obtained the driver’s license. Kan stated her new driver’s license had the same photo and signature that Kan sent to YZ.

“Kan stated she knew the process for legally obtaining a driver’s license and she had previously applied for and renewed CNMI driver’s licenses. Kan knew it was illegal to obtain a driver’s license without legal immigration status and that it was illegal to obtain a driver’s license from YZ.”

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