Settlement reached in alleged exploitation suit


The owner of a company that provides security services has settled a lawsuit filed in federal court by a man who was convicted and sentenced to time already served for his role in a CW-1 scam that victimized Bangladeshi nationals.

Plaintiff Mohammad Zeaur Rahman Dalu and MD Nurul Islam Bhuiyan, who owns Island Protection Service, have agreed to have the lawsuit dismissed with prejudice.

That means Dalu can no longer re-file his lawsuit against Bhuiyan.

In their agreement to drop the case, Dalu and Bhuiyan would shoulder their attorneys’ fees and costs except as provided in their settlement agreement. The terms of that settlement were not disclosed.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona dismissed the lawsuit on Monday and directed the clerk to close the case.

In his lawsuit, Dalu identifed those who allegedly engaged in a longstanding practice of exploiting Bangladeshis as cheap labor for profits.

Dalu sued his former employer, Bhuiyan, owner of Island Protection Services, for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, violations of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, violations of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, breach of contract, fraud, and unjust enrichment.

Dalu demanded unpaid wages, overtime compensation, damages, restitution, court costs, and attorney’s fees.

Dalu, who was a teacher in Bangladesh, claimed he himself is a victim, having paid a huge amount as recruiting fee on promises he would have a good life in the U.S. and get a green card.

Dalu tagged Bhuiyan and Bhuiyan’s brothers, Faruq and Motin, of allegedly exploiting Bangladeshis as cheap labor to make money. Bhuiyan has denied the allegation.

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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