Shawn N. Anderson, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that three executives from Imperial Pacific International “IPI” and MCC International Saipan have been indicted on federal criminal charges, including RICO Conspiracy, Harboring Illegal Aliens, Unlawful Employment of Aliens, and International Promotional Money Laundering.
On August 1, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a 71-count Superseding Indictment against Liwen Wu (aka “Peter Wu”), Jianmin Xu, and Yan Shi. The charges were unsealed today.
The indictment alleges that these individuals committed criminal acts while holding executive positions with Imperial Pacific International and MCC International Saipan. The defendants are accused of utilizing criminal labor practices during ongoing construction of the Grand Mariana Casino Hotel and Resort on the island of Saipan.
The defendants are further alleged to have transferred over $24 million into the United States to promote their illegal activity.
All three defendants are foreign nationals who currently reside outside of the United States.
Upon returning to the United States, the individuals will be arrested, arraigned, and brought to trial in federal court.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service –
Criminal investigations, and the U.S. Department of Labor – Wage & Hour Division.
If convicted of RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, and harboring illegal
aliens, the defendants face maximum sentences of 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000
fine for each count.
The crime of international promotional money laundering carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 or twice the value of the funds involved, whichever is greater. The crime of unlawful employment of aliens carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a monetary penalty of up to $3,000 for each illegal worker.
An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed. All defendants are
presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Anyone with further information regarding this matter is urged to call the FBI’s Saipan
Office at 670-322-6934.