Tourist allegedly overstays welcome for almost 8 years

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Posted on Feb 18 2006

An Immigration agent arrested Thursday afternoon a nonresident woman who allegedly came to Saipan as a tourist and overstayed for almost eight years.

Immigration investigator John Peter apprehended Marilou Serac Rama, 45, in Gualo Rai. A bail hearing was set Friday afternoon before Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman.

Peter said that on Feb. 2, 2006, he received tips that Rama, a Filipino, is overstaying in the CNMI as a tourist and that she has worked illegally as a babysitter.

Peter said Rama admitted to him that she has overstayed in the CNMI by seven years and 11 months.

The respondent allegedly confessed she has been babysitting for various parents on Saipan.

The investigator learned that Rama entered the CNMI on a short-term tourist entry status on March 9, 1998, which expired on March 15, 1998.

Peter said Rama did not renew her tourist status and that she does not have any pending labor case.

He said that some parents told him that the respondent has been babysitting their children for about a month now, but that they were not aware she is an overstaying alien. (Ferdie de la Torre)

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