A 58-year-old Chinese national was sentenced last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the NMI to one year probation for presenting a fake driver’s license and fake vehicle registration during a traffic stop in 2019.
The U.S. District Court for the NMI also ordered Mingjin Jin to pay a $100 special assessment fee and a $500 fine due in 30 days.
According to the minutes of the May 28, 2021 sentencing hearing, Jin’s lawyer, Steven P. Pixley gave his sentencing recommendation, and Jin gave his allocution. The U.S. government gave their sentencing recommendations as well.
An allocution is a formal statement made to the court by a defendant in a case where they have already been found guilty prior to being sentenced.
Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona then handed down Jin’s sentence and ordered that he report to the U.S. Marshals Office for DNA collection.
The criminal minutes states that the Jin “remained released.”
Jin, who was indicted on Nov. 24 last year, entered the CNMI back in 1991 as a garment worker, but lost his immigration status sometime before the Aug. 22, 2019, traffic stop that revealed he was using a fake driver’s license and vehicle registration. Currently, Jin has two minor sons who were both born on Saipan.