The U.S. government, through its attorneys, filed Thursday its first superseding indictment against Yin Liu, alias Da Niu, a defendant in an ongoing human trafficking case in the U.S. district court.
The grand jury charged the defendant with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, harboring illegal aliens, and enhanced penalty allegation.
According to U.S. attorneys Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, Garth R. Backe, and Ross K. Naughton, the defendant conspired to conceal and harbor illegal aliens by supplying them with housing, sustenance, transportation, and means to avoid detection by federal immigration officials.
The incident occurred between or about Aug. 5, 2012, through Sept. 7, 2012, in the CNMI.
The same superseding indictment indicated that the defendant, between or about Sept. 1 and Sept. 7, 2012, harbored and concealed an illegal alien known to the grand jury as Y.T. for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain.
According to court documents, the defendant committed and continued to commit the offenses charged, while on release pending trial in a criminal case. He is therefore subject to an enhanced penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment.
The defendant had pleaded not guilty. Jury trial is currently set on Jan. 14.