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Obama pardons Hawaii woman in immigration case

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:33 p.m. HST, Mar 1, 2013

One of the 17 individuals pardoned by President Barack Obama today was An Na Peng of Hawaii who was indicted by a grand jury in 1996 for allegedly providing answers to immigrants seeking naturalization.

Peng was employed by a testing facility and was accused of providing answers to examinees and changing incorrect answers on completed exams.

She pleaded not guilty. At trial Peng was found guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Peng is a native and citizen of China who entered the United States in 1991.

The Board of Immigration Appeals had rejected Peng’s request to waive her deportability based on certain circumstances. 

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with the BIA and sided with Peng.

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