Company president, 3 others arrested over CW-1 scam


The president of a company that owns an auto repair shop and three others were indicted last week on charges of recruiting alien workers from Bangladesh for a fee, with promises of work and green cards.

David Trung Quoc Phan, president of United Brothers Inc., which operates TBK Auto Cares in Lower Base; MD. Rafiqul Islam, Zeaur Rahman Dalu, and Muksedur Rahman were arrested by federal agents.

The indictment charged them with mail fraud and five counts of fraud in foreign labor contracting, with a notice of criminal forfeiture.

According to the indictment, Islam, Dalu, and Rahman were recruiting alien workers from Bangladesh, promising them jobs. They also allegedly promised the prospective workers income of at least $1,500 per month, and that they would be given lawful permanent residence statusor “green cards.”

Islam, Dalu, and Rahman allegedly charged each worker between $15,000 and $20,000 in exchange for the promised job and visa.

Phan then filed I-129CW petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in California.

Prior to filing the petitions, Rahman allegedly asked Phan to help him bring his relatives to the CNMI by filing CW-1 petitions for them. Rahman paid Phan $1,500 for filing the petitions.

Phan submitted fraudulent contracts to USCIS, lying that United Brothers had an available position for each worker.

The workers were allegedly “coached” to lie to U.S. consular officers during their visa interviews.

Soon after the workers arrived in the CNMI, they briefly worked for Phan at TBK Auto Cares. But he later let them go, saying it was not his responsibility to give them jobs. Phan told the workers that he only submitted the petitions to bring the workers to the CNMI because Rahman had paid him $1,500.

Arlene Hart, also known as Arlene Silva, president of Curtwill Corp. in Koberville, was also indicted in federal court for allegedly recruiting workers in the Philippines for a fee after promising them work on Saipan.

Hart was charged with two counts of mail fraud, and three counts of fraud in foreign labor contracting.

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

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