The two owners of a company were indicted in federal court for allegedly engaging in fraud in the applications for CNMI-Only Transitional Worker program (CW1) permits.
Mizanur Khan, president and part owner of K.C.A. Corp., was charged with four counts of fraud and misuse of visas and permits and two counts of mail fraud.
Kosuke Tomokiyo, vice president and part owner of K.C.A. Corp., was charged with only a count of fraud and misuse of visas and permits.
Khan, who was arrested, pleaded not guilty during the initial appearance hearing last Monday.
Khan’s detention hearing will be today, Thursday, at 3pm.
The arraignment for Tomokiyo will also be today, Thursday, at 10:30am. U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered that Tomokiyo shall remain at liberty under his own personal recognizance.
Assistant U.S. attorney Eric O’Malley appeared for the government at the hearing.
According to the indictment, on Aug. 5, 2015, Khan falsely represented to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that Kawsar Hamid, Monir Hossain, and Md. Abul Hossen, would be employed by K.C.A. as an “operation service worker (charcoal maker)” and that they would be employed in that capacity for 40 hours per week, for a period of one year.
On Aug. 22, 2016, Khan and Tomokiyo allegedly falsely represented to USCIS that Tomokiyo had previously been and was to be employed by K.C.A. as a “sales manager,” and that Tomokiyo had been employed in that capacity since January 2016.
On June 6, 2015 and Aug. 22, 2016, Khan, for the purpose of executing the scheme allegedly delivered by the U.S. Postal Services and commercial interstate carrier DHL, respectively, several I-129CW petitions.