One of two owners of a company pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday in connection with the allegations that they engaged in fraud in the applications for CNMI-Only Transitional Worker program permits.
Kosuke Tomokiyo pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and misuse of visas and permits as part of a plea deal
U.S. District Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy, who presided over the hearing, said she would recommend to Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona to accept Tomokiyo’s guilty plea.
Assistant U.S. attorney Eric O’Malley appeared for the U.S. government.
According to court documents, Tomokiyo is vice president and part owner of K.C.A. Corp. His co-defendant, Mizanur Khan, who is president and part-owner of the company, is charged with four counts of fraud and misuse of visas and permits and two counts of mail fraud.
According to the indictment, Khan lied to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Aug. 5, 2015, that three foreign workers would be employed by K.C.A. as an “operation service worker (charcoal maker)” and that they would be employed for 40 hours per week, for one year.
On Aug. 22, 2016, Khan and Tomokiyo allegedly lied to USCIS that Tomokiyo had previously been and was to be employed by K.C.A. as a “sales manager,” and that Tomokiyo had been employed in that capacity since January 2016.
On June 6, 2015, and Aug. 22, 2016, Khan, for the purpose of executing the scheme, allegedly delivered several I-129CW petitions to USCIS by the U.S. Postal Services and carrier DHL.