U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has found Korean businessman Jae Boong Kim extraditable for offenses he allegedly committed in Korea.
Manglona issued Friday a certification of extraditability for Kim after determining that the U.S. government has met the five conditions for extradition.
Kim was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshal.
The U.S. government, on behalf of the Republic of Korea government, has filed two extradition cases against Kim for offenses committed in South Korea.
Federal agents arrested Kim in May on Saipan based on two outstanding arrest warrants in South Korea for allegedly defrauding two women of about 530.8 million Korean won ($477,632) and defrauding some Korean nurses by falsely promising them jobs in Guam.
In her ruling, Manglona said a court’s role in extradition proceedings is limited.
Manglona said the court’s sole duty, as well as power, is “to determine an individual’s eligibility to be extradited” and, where applicable, certify him as extraditable.
The judge said the court has subject matter to conduct this extradition proceeding and has personal jurisdiction over Kim because he was found and arrested in the CNMI.
Manglona said there is an extradition treaty between the U.S. and Korea that is in full force and effect.
Manglona said the alleged offenses are substantially analogous to at least four U.S. and Commonwealth crimes, with these domestic statutes targeting the evil of Kim’s act.
Manglona said the statements by a Korean prosecutor provide reasonable grounds that Kim has committed the charges of fraud and forgery.
Attorneys Stephen Woodruff and Joe Hill served as counsel for Kim.
Woodruff earlier stated that Kim admits that he borrowed money from the two persons described in the complaint, but with the intent to fully repay them.
In the second case, Woodruff said the complaint fails to acknowledge that Kim refunded a portion of the fees by the unsuccessful candidates for nurses at Guam Memorial Hospital.
Assistant U.S. attorney Jessica Cruz represented the U.S. government.