FOR LYING ON REASON FOR COMING TO SAIPAN

Woman gets 2 days of time served

The federal court imposed yesterday a sentence of two days of time served on a woman who entered the CNMI in 2015 as a tourist from China, but the real intent was to give birth.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona followed the recommendation of assistant U.S. attorney Garth Backe to slap Lichan Lu with a two-day time served and a payment of $10 in special assessment fee.

Lu and her counsel, David G. Banes, signed a plea deal with the U.S. government. She pleaded guilty yesterday to an information charging her with improper entry into the U.S. by false statement.

Banes agreed with Backe’s recommendation to impose a two-day time served sentence.

Banes provided information about defendant’s child.

Manglona ordered Lu to report to Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations Office today, Wednesday, at 10am.

The judge authorized the release of Lu’s passport to Homeland Security Investigations.

According to the factual basis of the plea deal, on June 28, 2015, defendant Lu entered the U.S. at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

In obtaining entry, Lu, an alien and citizen of the People’s Republic of China, willfully misrepresented to immigration inspectors with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection that her purpose for entering the U.S. was tourism, when in fact, her true intent was to give birth.

After receiving a tip, HSI personnel arrested Lu after she was seen at the Marina Heights II building in Puerto Rico last week.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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