5 Indicted for Selling CNMI Licenses to Foreign Nationals

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Guam – A Federal Grand Jury in the CNMI has indicted 5 people on charges of selling CNMI drivers licenses to foreign nationals.

Named in the indicted are William A. Hocog, Mohammad Jahangir Miah, Tahira Dolores s. Miah, Homgmei Sun and Hui Qiang Yan. They have been indicted on charges of unlawfully producing and transferring CNMI driver’s licenses in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1028(a)(1), (a)(2) and (f).

The indictment alleges that 1 or more of the defendants issued at least 4 CNMI driver’s licenses to foreign nationals without requiring the foreign nationals to meet mandatory driver’s license requirements. The foreign nationals were charged $400 per license according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney.

U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco is quoted in the release as saying that: “This is a successful first step in an ongoing and important investigation. The fraudulent issuance of driver’s licenses to foreign nationals can create a national security threat and can endanger lives of the community by having individuals who are not properly licensed placed behind the wheel of what can be a dangerous weapon.”