Man in fake document case found guilty


A federal jury on Thursday found a man guilty of conspiring with another to illegally produce an identification document.

After deliberating a few hours, the jurors found Youzhe Piao guilty of one count of conspiracy to unlawfully produce an identification document. He will be sentenced on Dec. 18, 2020 at 9am. Piao was allowed to maintain free until his sentencing.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered the U.S. Probation Office to submit a pre-sentence investigation report.

Colin Thompson served as the court-appointed counsel for Piao. Assistant U.S. attorney Garth Backe prosecuted the case.

The three-day trial started Tuesday.

The prosecution presented in court, among other documents, forged U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services receipt and Piao’s CNMI driver’s license application packets.

According to the indictment, Piao committed the offense between May 13 and 16, 2017.

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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