Man in CW-1 scam files Labor complaint vs custodian


One of six defendants in the CW-1 scam case who had already pleaded guilty has filed a Labor complaint against his custodian.

With the filing of the complaint, Nurul Bhuiyan is no longer willing to serve as Zeaur Rahman Dalu’s third-party custodian.

At a pretrial release conditions hearing last Friday, David Banes, the court-appointed counsel for Dalu, told U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona that the issue arose when Bhuiyan found out that Dalu had filed a Labor complaint against him.

No other information was given regarding the complaint.

Banes had proposed that Dalu be released on his own recognizance until Dec. 1, 2017, when he is scheduled to self-surrender to begin his prison sentence.

Banes said that Dalu will continue to live at the same place with location monitoring and all other release conditions will remain in place.

Assistant U.S. attorney James Benedetto’s only concern with the proposal is Dalu’s safety since he will continue to live at the same location, adding that there have been repeated threats against Dalu.

Manglona accepted Banes’ proposal and relieved Bhuiyan as third-party custodian, but informed the parties that Dalu will remain in location monitoring.

Manglona ordered Dalu to self-surrender to the U.S. Marshal’s Service on Dec. 1, 2017.

Dalu will then be received by the Department of Corrections where he will be given credit for time served at the sentencing hearing set for March 29, 2018.

Mangona said that Dalu has permission to take off his location monitoring device on Dec. 1 and to hand it to DOC where U.S. probation officer Gregory Arriola will pick it up.

Last August, Dalu pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud in foreign contracting for bringing Bangladeshi men to Saipan on promises of good-paying jobs and green cards in exchange for cash.

Dalu testified for the U.S. government during the trial against his co-defendants.

Last Oct. 18, a federal jury found David Trung Quoc Phan and co-defendants Muksedur Rahman and Md. Rafiqul Islam guilty.

Phan’s fiancée, Analyn Nunez, and Rahman’s wife, Shahinur Akter, were acquitted.

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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