The U.S. District Court on Thursday sentenced Earl Eric Mirano to 142 days in prison for forging and then cashing stale CNMI tax refund checks.
Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona sentenced Mirano to serve 142 days of imprisonment for two counts of bank fraud. Upon his release, he will be turned over to immigration for deportation from the CNMI. He will be barred from re-entering the United States without the permission of the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
If deportation does not occur and Mirano is released from prison pending further immigration proceedings, he is required to immediately report to the U.S. Probation Office to begin his term of supervised release lasting two years.
He is barred from committing another federal, state, or local crime; he shall not unlawfully use or possess a controlled substance; and is prohibited from possessing a firearm or other dangerous weapon or have them where he resides.
Mirano is also barred from incurring new credit charges or opening new lines of credit without the approval of the probation officer.
He was also ordered to perform 25 hours of community service, pay restitution of $2,898.14 and special assessment of $200.
He has 14 days to appeal the sentence.
Mirano was found guilty in July this year of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud for cashing old CNMI tax refund checks. The charges stem from a superseding indictment filed on June 7, 2012, against Mirano and Mohammad Jahangir Miah. The six-day jury trial was heard by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona.
Miah was acquitted on July 10, 2012.