Man, woman are arrested for impersonation, false statement


Federal agents have arrested a man who allegedly impersonated another person in applying for nonimmigrant documents and a woman who lied to Homeland Security Investigations officers.

Virgilio Ramirez Patubo was served with an arrest warrant yesterday after an indictment was filed charging him with three counts of false personation in immigration matters.

Joann A.P. Villagomez was served with an arrest warrant on Wednesday after an indictment was filed charging her with one count of false statement.

Patubo and Villagomez were both taken to U.S. District Court for the NMI for their initial appearance yesterday afternoon.

Assistant U.S. attorney Russell Lorfing requested that Patubo be kept detained pending trial as he is considered a flight risk.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona set a detention hearing for Patubo on Thursday.

Attorney Janet H. King appeared as court-appointed counsel for Patubo.

Manglona released Villagomez on her own recognizance.

Attorney Vicente Salas is court-appointed counsel for Villagomez.

Villagomez’s trial will be on May 26.

According to the indictment, Patubo impersonated a Joseph Mendiola Roque when applying for a CW-2 visa on Nov. 18, 2011. Patubo also allegedly passed himself off as Roque when applying for a humanitarian parole application on May 19, 2012, and on Feb. 2, 2013.

According to a separate indictment, Villagomez represented that she was living with Baozhong Wang in the Coco Building apartment in As Terlaje and that she had lived in that apartment with Wang from November 2011 to March 2012. Both claims are allegedly false.

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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