Overstaying tourist arrested after traffic stop

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FOLLOWING a traffic stop, Fei Deng, an overstaying tourist, was arrested for presenting a fraudulently acquired CNMI driver’s license to a police traffic enforcer.

A criminal complaint charging Fei Deng with one count of conspiracy to unlawfully produce identification document was filed in federal court on Friday.

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations or HSI special agent David West, in an affidavit submitted to the court, stated that on Jan. 24, 2020 Department of Public Safety police officer Michael Langdon conducted a traffic stop on a blue Toyota sedan for improper lane change.

Fei Deng, who was in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, handed Langdon a Saipan driver’s license as his form of identification.

Because Fei Deng was unable to speak English, Langdon contacted HSI Task Force officer Jesse Dubrall for assistance with translation and identification. Dubrall arrived at the traffic stop and subsequently determined that Fei Deng is a citizen of the People’s Republic of China.

Fei Deng was then transported to the HSI office in the Marina Heights Business Plaza to further determine his immigration status.

After conducting a search using the DHS data base, it was determined that Fei Deng entered the CNMI under the CNMI-only conditional parole on March 20, 2018, as a tourist, and was admitted until March 29, 2018.

West said Deng has overstayed his conditional parole and is illegally present in the United States.

Upon learning that Deng has no immigration status, HSI contacted the Bureau of Motor Vehicles regarding the CNMI driver’s license possessed and presented by Fei Deng.

BMV provided HSI a copy of the driver’s license application packet submitted by Fei Deng to obtain his driver’s license.

West said the packet included a driver’s license application, copies of Fei Deng’s passport, China driver’s license, and a CW-1 visa assigned to him.

HSI conducted a search of the CW-1 visa that was submitted by Fei Deng and the search revealed that he was not listed as one of the CW beneficiaries.

Moreover, a search of DHS systems revealed that Fei Deng has not been issued or approved any CW-1 visas, West said.

Fei Deng, with the help of an interpreter, told HSI agents that “he came to the CNMI to work in March 2018 and never applied for any immigration status.”

West said Fei Deng knew that he had no legal immigration status to be present in the United States and while on island he was working in construction, but wanted a job as a taxi driver so he asked around how to obtain a CNMI driver’s license.

West said Fei Deng was referred to “BW” by “FLC” to obtain a driver’s license in Saipan without any legal immigration status.

Sometime in June 2018, Fei Deng stated he contacted “BW” and paid him/her $ 1,500 to help him obtain a driver’s license.

Fei Deng said “BW” helped him complete the driver’s license application and gave him a CW-1 visa, which Fei Deng submitted to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The affidavit did not disclose the identities of “BW” or “FLC” or if they, too, had been arrested and/or charged.

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