Woman pleads guilty to charge that she made false statements to USCIS


A woman indicted in federal court for allegedly making fraudulent statements to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has entered a guilty plea.

At a change of plea hearing on Thursday afternoon, Jonie Esther B. Uddin pleaded guilty to the indictment charging her with one count of false statement.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona accepted Uddin’s guilty plea and set the sentencing for June 17, 2016 at 9am.

Manglona ordered Uddin not to leave Saipan without prior written court permission.

Manglona ordered all other prior terms of release conditions be lifted.

Attorney Mark Hanson is court-appointed counsel for Uddin. Assistant U.S. attorney Russell Lorfing is counsel for the U.S. government.

According to the indictment, Uddin made the false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations to USCIS on Nov. 18, 2011.

In a form I-130, Jonie Uddin allegedly represented that she lived in Chalan Piao with Tamiz Uddin, which she knew such representations were false in that she did not live in Chalan Piao and had never lived with Tamiz Uddin.

Form I-130 refers to a U.S. citizen’s petition for an alien relative.

Additionally, in the form G-325 (biographic information), the defendant again allegedly represented that she lived in Chalan Piao.

A separate indictment was recently filed against Tamiz Uddin charging him with one count of false statement.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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