8 victims claim they paid 8.94M takas or $107,727


Eight Bangladeshi men claim that they paid a total of 8.94 million in Bangladeshi takas or about $107,727 in 2015 and 2016 for their employment in the CNMI.

Assistant U.S. attorney James Benedetto submitted Thursday before the U.S. District Court the affidavits of eight Bangladeshi men in support of the U.S. government’s sentencing memorandum for businessman David Trung Quoc Phan and co-defendants Muksedur Rahman and Rafiqul Islam.

Phan and brothers Rahman and Islam were sentenced last Friday in federal court after being convicted of bringing Bangladeshi men to Saipan on promises of good-paying jobs and green cards in exchange for cash.

Four men stated in their affidavit that they each made a total payment of 1,200,000 takas to be employed in the CNMI.

The three said they made the cash payments, while the fourth said a family member gave the money.

A fifth said he made six cash payments for a total of 1,240,000 takas, while the sixth recalled his father making four payments in the total amount of 1,300,000 takes.

The seventh said he made five cash payments in the total of 1,100,000 takes.

An eighth man said he agreed to pay 1,200,000 takas, but only paid 500,000 takas in 2016, saying that when he got to Saipan, the other victims told him not to pay the remaining balance of 700,000 takas.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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