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FBI makes arrest in relation to Saipan office raid

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested two people in connection with the death of a construction worker at Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd’s Saipan casino site, according to Bloomberg.

“The FBI conducted a search and made an arrest in response to the recent death of an individual working at the construction site of the Imperial Pacific Resort,” said Michele Ernst in an email Friday to Bloomberg.

“The investigation is related to allegations of a federal violation of the workplace visa system, including reports the company was systematically harboring individuals who are out of status and in violation of federal statutes."

According to the Marianas Variety, the FBI discovered 400 Chinese passports, of which 189 belonged to persons who arrived on Saipan as visa parolees and had already overstayed.

If convicted, the two defendants — Zhao Yuqing and Ruan Pei — will face six months imprisonment and a $3,000 fine for each count of unlawful employment of aliens.

Imperial Pacific in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Sunday declared that “the investigation into the relevant construction accident of Saipan external construction team conducted by U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is not related to the Group and its employees.”

In other news, Imperial Pacific has announced its temporary casino raked in US$2.97 billion for the month of March.

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