A woman facing federal indictment for allegedly causing a woman to falsify her marital status in the birth certificate application for a child has pleaded not guilty.
Ying Liu, 39, a Chinese national, pleaded not guilty on Thursday afternoon to the indictment charging her with one count of unlawful production of identification, one count of false statement of material fact, and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona set the jury trial for Nov. 5, 2012 at 9am.
Liu appeared with retained counsel, Colin Thompson. Assistant U.S. attorney Ross Naughton represented the U.S. government.
Manglona last week released Liu on a $25,000 unsecured bond.
According to the indictment, on April 30, 2012, Liu caused the Vital Statistics Office to produce a birth certificate for Hua Li's minor child. The birth certificate unlawfully failed to state the name of Hua Li's husband.
Liu allegedly aided Li to state in a birth certificate application for Li's child that Li was not married, when in fact she was married.
The “fatherless” birth certificate was allegedly used as a supporting document in a passport application for the child in order to fraudulently circumvent the two-parent consent rule.
On June 25, 2012, Liu allegedly caused the submission of an “affidavit of correction on vital record” to amend the child's birth certificate to show the name of the father, Dongjun Guo.