Taxi driver found to be overstaying tourist


Federal agents arrested in Garapan on Tuesday a taxi driver who allegedly later admitted that he is an overstaying tourist and has a fake CNMI driver’s license.

Cong Chen, 28, a Chinese national, was taken before the U.S. District Court for the NMI yesterday morning after the Homeland Security Investigations charged him with conspiracy to produce a false identification document.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona set a detention hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 9am. Chen was then remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending further proceedings.

Benjamin Petersburg, on behalf of appointed defense counsel Bruce Berline, appeared as counsel for Chen. Assistant U.S. attorney Garth Backe appeared for the U.S. government.

According to the complaint filed in court by HSI special agent Michael D. Lansangan, last Tuesday a Federal Protective Service inspector encountered an individual at the Horiguchi Building in Garapan who was illegally parked.

During record checks, HSI discovered that a person named Cong Chen had overstayed his CNMI conditional parole.

Obet Aguilar

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