Business/In Brief • Dec. 26, 2013

Maui cardiologist retiring next week

Cardiologist Dr. Mark C. Schwab will be retiring from active medical practice and will close his Wailuku office Tuesday.

Effective Wednesday, Maui Memorial Medical Center will be the custodian for the medial records of Schwab’s patients.

Although patients will be able to choose any cardiologist they wish to replace Schwab, patients may be able to transfer medical records to their preferred physicians or to themselves personally by contacting Schwab’s office at 244-8993.

Schwab has been practicing for 30 years.


Saipan document fraud case overturned

HONOLULU – A federal appeals court overturned a Chinese national’s conviction that he committed immigration document fraud by possessing driver’s licenses he illegally obtained in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

A driver’s license isn’t considered one of the documents authorizing entry into the United States, as outlined by the law that Wei Lin was convicted of violating, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Tuesday.

Prosecutors argued that a license is included as an “other” document in the law involving “fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents.”

The court’s opinion states that no federal statute or regulation designates a driver’s license as documents authorizing entry, employment or residence in the United States. “The government merely notes that a driver’s license is one of the documents employers may use to help verify the employment authorization status of prospective employees, as mandated by the Immigration Reform and Control Act,” the opinion states. In reversing the conviction, the 9th Circuit sent the case back to district court.