SAIPAN – Homeland Security Investigations task force officer Cristin Duenas has filed in federal court an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint against Guangyi He, an overstaying foreigner. The complaint accuses the defendant of fraudulently obtaining identification document to law enforcement personnel.
He was served with an arrest warrant on Wednesday.
According to the affidavit, Department of Public Safety officers on Aug. 26 conducted a traffic stop and encountered He, who presented a CNMI driver’s license.
Because He doesn’t speak English, DPS requested assistance from HSI.
Using a DHS database, it was discovered that He is a citizen of China who had overstayed his conditional parole.
Duenas said He was with three other Chinese nationals in the vehicle when DPS pulled them over. All are illegally present in the United States, he added.
No additional information about the three other Chinese nationals was available as of press time Thursday.
The affidavit stated that He entered the CNMI on Dec. 17, 2017, and was granted entry until Dec. 28, 2017. Chinese citizens can enter the CNMI through a visa-waiver program.
Further investigation revealed that the I-797A immigration form He submitted for the driver’s license was valid but was registered to another individual.
Through an interpreter, He stated that prior to coming to Saipan, he was told that he could travel to the island as a tourist and get a work permit after he arrived.
He stated that he was also told that he needed a driver’s license for identification.
Using WeChat, while in China, He said he met someone who could assist him with getting a driver’s license when he arrived on Saipan.
When he arrived on the island, He met the person that he had been talking to on WeChat. He said the person accompanied him to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to apply for a driver’s license. He said he paid the person $1,500.