Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced yesterday the guilty verdict of Earl Eric Mirano on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.
Mirano was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud, regarding the cashing of old CNMI tax refund checks. The charges stem from a superseding indictment filed on June 7, 2012, against Mirano and Mohammad Jahangir Miah.
The guilty verdict is the result of a six-day jury trial that was heard by Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona. The jury found Mirano guilty of count 1, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of 18, United States Code, Sections 1349 and 2, and count 2, bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1344 and 2.
Miah was acquitted on July 10, 2012.
Mirano's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2012. He faces a statutorymaximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1 million.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Stephen F. Leon Guerrero. (USAO)