IPI says not part of US federal probe

Imperial Pacific International said the company is not part of an investigation into racketeering, harbouring illegal aliens and money laundering being carried out by the US Department of Justice.

The company made a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange following the release of federal court documents earlier this week detailing the indictments of what was claimed to be two former executives and a manager with its former contractor MCC International. 

“The group is not prosecuted on the concerned incidents by the United States Department of Justice,” it said.

“Having made all reasonable inquiries, the board hereby clarifies and confirms that one of the persons indicted by the United States Department of Justice was a former employee of the Group, who was non-managerial staff and left in 2017.” 

“It is understood that the concerned incidents involve an allegation against MCC International Saipan Ltd. Co., one of the contractors of the group in 2016, of matters including harboring illegal aliens.”

The court documents detail 71 counts against Liwen Wu, known as Peter Wu, Jianmin Xu and Yan Shi. They identify the two former as IPI executives and the third as a project supervisor with MCC. 

A press release from the US District Attorney’s Office for the Districts of Guam and NMI said all three are currently outside of US jurisdiction, but they will be arrested and brought to trial in a federal court if they enter US soil, which includes the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands as a US protectorate.