Law student charged with impersonation

October 21st, 2006 by bobebill

October 19, 2006
ASSOCIATED PRESS
A law student in St. Paul, Minn., is accused of pretending to be a U.S. representative to obtain visas for relatives and others in his native Cameroon.
Njock Eyong, 26, is charged with impersonating a federal official, possession of fraudulent visa documents and fraud by wire scheme, according to an Oct. 11 indictment in U.S. District Court in the District.
In an e-mail, Mr. Eyong yesterday directed questions to his attorney in the District. The attorney, federal public defender A.J. Kramer, had no comment about the case.
Mr. Eyong, president of the Student Bar Association at William Mitchell College of Law, is a native of Cameroon who lived in the District before going to Minnesota for school.
While in the District, he worked as an intern for Rep. Donald M. Payne, New Jersey Democrat.
In summer 2 003, Mr. Eyong used the congressman’s signature machines and official stationery to demand that visas be issued, said Barbara Kittay of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District.
Mr. Eyong also faxed documents from the District to Berlin, Frankfurt and Cameroon, according to the nine-count indictment. If convicted, he could face substantial prison time.
At William Mitchell, Mr. Eyong — known by the nickname “NJ” — gained the respect of fellow students for his volunteer work. He was involved in student government and in the school’s Jewish Law Society.
Eric Janus, vice dean for academic affairs at William Mitchell, said that Mr. Eyong has been “a very engaged and active student here.”
Mr. Janus said Mr. Eyong voluntarily took an indefinite leave of absence from his position with the Student Bar Association this month. Mr. Janus said he expected Mr. Eyong, who is in his last year of law school, to continue his classes. But a criminal conviction could jeopardize Mr. Eyong’s plans to become a civil rights lawyer, Mr. Janus said.
Mr. Eyong also has worked for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, and as an intern for Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore, a federal judge for the Southern District of Texas.
Mr. Eyong is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 26 in U.S. District Court in the District.