The federal court has imposed a 12-month probation sentence on one of two women who pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful production of an identification document.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona handed down the sentence on Xiuqin Weng on Thursday.
Manglona ordered Weng's immediate deportation. Weng is a Chinese national. She is not allowed to re-enter the United States without the permission of the Department of Homeland Security.
If deportation fails to occur and the defendant is released pending further immigration proceedings, Manglona said that Weng should immediately report to the U.S. Probation Office to begin her probation.
Weng was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee.
Weng's court-appointed counsel, Robert T. Torres, said that their intent is for the defendant to be referred to the U.S. Immigration for her immediate removal or voluntary departure.
The indictment charged Weng and Yufeng Lin with one count of unlawful production of identification document.
According to the indictment, on March 19, 2012, Weng and Lin illegally caused the CNMI Vital Statistics Office of the Department of Public Health to produce a birth certificate for a minor child.