U.S. District Court for the NMI designated judge David A. Wiseman unsealed yesterday an indictment against a man who allegedly engaged in a marriage fraud.
The indictment, which was filed on Monday, charged Zahidul Islam with one count of conspiracy to commit offenses and to defraud United States.
According to the indictment, conspiracy began in May 2006 and continued on Feb. 8, 2010. The indictment did not mention the defendant's nationality.
Assistant U.S. attorney Garth R. Backe stated in the indictment that on May 3, 2006, Islam and a woman were married at the Saipan Mayor's Office.
On May 31, 2006, Islam, in order to prove the woman's U.S. citizenship, caused her to submit an application for a U.S. passport at the passport office on Saipan.
On June 27, 2007, the woman signed a Form 1-130 wherein she falsely stated that she and Islam had lived together continuously since May of 2006.
On Dec. 4, 2007, Islam, in preparation for his marriage interview and to make his marriage appear legitimate, caused a CNMI certificate of ownership to be issued showing her as co-owner of a vehicle registered under his name.
On Dec. 31, 2007, Islam, in preparation for his marriage interview and to make his marriage appear legitimate, caused the woman's mother to sign an affidavit.
In the affidavit, the mother falsely attested that her daughter and her son-in-law lived together in Dandan before they got married, and after they got married they together moved to her house “where they have been living until the present time.”
On Jan. 3, 2008, defendant, in preparation for his marriage interview and to make his marriage appear legitimate, applied for a life insurance policy with the woman as both an insured and a beneficiary.
On Jan. 8, 2008, Islam and the woman appeared for their marriage interview on Guam during which they falsely stated, under oath, that they resided with the woman's parents and helped pay for the utilities, and that the woman had converted to his religion.
On Jan. 8, 2008, Islam received a permanent resident card after his Form I-130 and the woman's Form I-485 were approved.
On Oct. 9, 2009, Islam, in preparation for the submission of his Form I-751 and to make his marriage appear legitimate, caused the woman's name to be added to his iConnect cellular telephone account.
On Oct. 19, 2009, Islam, in preparation for the submission of his Form I-751 and to make his marriage appear legitimate, caused an individual to sign an affidavit.
In the affidavit, the individual false stated that Islam and the woman were “currently living together as husband and wife at XXXX Pacific Towers in Tamuning, Guam.”
On Oct. 20, 2009, Islam and the woman signed a Form I-751 wherein they falsely stated and represented that they lived together in Guam, the indictment alleged.