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Man pleads guilty to identity theft

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BRIAN Galang Lizama has admitted that he impersonated his brother and made a series of withdrawals amounting to $30,000 from his brother’s Bank of Guam account.

Lizama pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated identity theft.

According to the plea agreement  that he signed with the U.S. government, aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year term of imprisonment and $100 special assessment fee, as well as a maximum fine of $250,000.

In addition, Lizama will be placed on one-year probation and pay restitution in the amount of $30,850.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Wednesday accepted Lizama’s guilty plea, saying the defendant “was fully competent to enter a knowing, voluntary and intelligent plea.”

Judge Manglona then unsealed the plea agreement and vacated the jury trial scheduled for Oct. 27, 2020.

Lizama is currently serving time at the Department of Corrections for a criminal theft conviction in Superior Court.

At the change of plea hearing on Wednesday, Judge Manglona ordered Lizama to report to the U.S. Probation Office no later than three days after being released from CNMI Corrections.

The federal court scheduled Lizama’s sentencing for Feb. 24, 2021 at 9 a.m.

The indictment initially charged Lizama with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to the indictment, Lizama, between Dec. 23, 2019 and Feb. 5, 2020, executed a scheme by obtaining a Saipan mayor’s ID in the name of his brother (who was in jail at that time) and then using that ID to make a series of withdrawals —totaling over $30,000 — from his brother’s Bank of Guam savings account.

Lizama was represented by attorney Colin Thompson, while Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe appeared for the federal government.

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