Alleged credit card scammers denied motion to relocate case

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The pair of defendants allegedly brought in over 100 credit cards to purchase luxury items on Guam.

Guam – Two alleged credit card scammers will have to remain on Guam for prosecution of their case in federal court.

Yunkai Lu and Ziwen Weng were indicted with a third defendant who’s since pleaded guilty, Daoqin Liu, in September on charges of illegal possession of 15 or more counterfeit devices.

The three are accused of bringing over 100 fake or stolen credit cards to Guam to purchase luxury items that would then be sold on the black market.

The defendants requested to move jurisdiction of their case to California for convenience’s sake and because the alleged crime began in California.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan denied their motion, pointing out that the defendants were caught on Guam and the crime was intended to be committed on Guam.

Judge Manibusan also noted most of the witnesses and both the defendants’ lawyers live in Guam.