Following the disclosure of their records recently, eight other people have been charged in federal court with illegally entering Guam by boat.
The grand jury indicted a total of 16 Chinese nationals who allegedly did not have valid US visas.
Criminal Cases 22-00014 and 22-00015 had been sealed by the court, as requested by the U.S. Attorney for Guam and the NMI. But both cases are now unsealed.
In Criminal Case 22-00014, Fu Li, Xiang Li, Shuyuan Wang, Haiyan Lu, Guosheng Zeng, Xunan Shangguan, Ying Liu and Xiuying Wu were each charged with one count of conspiracy to transport foreigners in a situation irregular.
In Criminal Case 22-00015, Xiaojuan Sun, Suling Jin, Shougao Liu, Wenliang Ma, Liangxian Zhang, Weifu Zhang, Xiaohui Zhu and Bingxing Gao were each charged with one count of conspiracy to transport foreigners in a situation irregular.
According to the indictment, on or about July 29, 2022, “the defendants pooled money to purchase a boat for $32,000 on the island of Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands ( The boat, which is approximately 26 feet long with a white fiberglass hull and motorized propeller, with CNMI boat registration number CM 0057 CP, was used by the eight defendants, and a citizen additional Chinese who did not have legal immigration status, to complete transportation from CNMI to Guam on or about July 31, 2022. A boat was used for transportation because Chinese citizens wanted to avoid immigration processes that were anticipated if travel was by commercial aircraft. Authorities located the boat in Guam’s Hagåtña Boat Basin after it disembarked in Guam from the CNMI with the nine Chinese citizens on July 31, 2022.”
The U.S. government wants the defendants, if convicted, “to lose any means of transportation used in the commission of the offense with which they are charged, including any vessel, vehicle, or aircraft used in the commission of the offense whose defendants are found guilty; and any real or personal property – which constitutes, or is derived from or is attributable to proceeds obtained directly or indirectly from the commission of the offense of which the defendants are found guilty; or which is used to facilitate, or is intended to be used to facilitate the commission of the offense of which the defendants are found guilty”.
Both indictments mentioned a ninth Chinese national, but he has not been charged or identified.
According to criminal case 22-00014, Guosheng Zeng was arrested on October 18 while Fu Li and Haiyan Lu were arrested on October 19.
Criminal case 22-00015 indicates that Xiaojuan Sun, Liangxian Zhang, Suling Jing and Weifu Zhang were arrested on October 18, while Bingxing Gao was arrested on October 19.
The defendants in both cases were arrested by Guam authorities where a writ of deportation was granted and issued by the Guam District Court for their transfer to the NMI in the custody of US Marshals.
Defendants Haiyan Lu and Guosheng Zeng, with an interpreter, appeared in District Court for NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona at an arraignment on November 3.
Zeng, through court-appointed attorney Robert T. Torres, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Lu, through court-appointed attorney Bruce Sedan, requested an extension.
Judge Manglona has scheduled Zeng’s jury trial for January 10. As for Lu, the judge continued the arraignment hearing today, Monday, November 7, at 1:30 p.m.
As for Fu Li, no information was available at press time on Sunday.
Xiaojuan Sun, represented by attorney David Banes; Suling Jin, represented by attorney Vince Seman; Weifu Zhang, represented by attorney Colin Thompson; and Bingxing Gao, represented by attorney Janet King, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Judge Manglona has also scheduled their trial for January 10.
There was no information about Liangxian Zhang or the other defendants at press time Sunday.