Mohammad Jahangir Miah, 38, was sentenced yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the NMI to 21 months in prison for the production of fraudulent CNMI driver's licenses.
According to statement by Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the CNMI, Miah, a citizen of Bangledesh, was sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully produce and transfer identification document.
The charge stems from an indictment filed on Jan. 10, 2011, against Miah, William A. Hocog, Tahira Dolores S. Miah, Hongmei Sun, and Hui Qiang Yan. The other four defendants also pleaded guilty.
The sentencing is the result of a daylong hearing before Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona. In determining the sentence, Manglona considered Miah's criminal activities both in local and federal court. She also found that he had obstructed justice by not being truthful to the U.S. Probation Office during the preparation of the presentence report. Manglona also concluded that Miah was an organizer of this criminal activity under the U.S. sentencing guidelines.
Miah was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and will begin serving his 21-month sentence with credit for time served. He also was ordered to forfeit $960.
The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Stephen F. Leon Guerrero and assistant U.S. attorney Kirk W. Schuler. (USAO)