Man allegedly lied to federal officer


U.S. Deputy Marshals served on Tuesday an arrest warrant on a man who is indicted in federal court for allegedly lying to a federal officer.

Guo Hua Lu pleaded not guilty on Tuesday afternoon.

Attorney Benjamin Petersburg appeared as court-appointed co-counsel for Lu. Assistant U.S. attorney James Benedetto appeared for the government.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy set the jury trial for Jan. 10, 2017.

After the hearing, Lu was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.

According to the indictment, on Oct. 6, 2016, Lu lied to Diplomatic Security Services special agent Vincent Carpenter on Saipan.

According to the indictment, Lu arranged for the preparation of a fraudulent notarial certificate for Shi and he allegedly admitted fixing the application form.

WeChat text messages between Lu and Shi allegedly showed she (Shi) sent him her U.S. visa, official Chinese identification card, and a passport-sized photo, at Lu’s request.

The Chinese identification card number and the passport-sized photo were allegedly used in the preparation of the fraudulent notarial certificate.

A prior passport application for a previous client of Lu containing a notarial certificate of single status that he prepared was also determined to be fraudulent.

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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