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A law student was indicted in federal court last week on charges that he tried to impersonate an official acting for Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), for whom the student interned on Capitol Hill. The nine-count indictment charges the Cameroon-born Njock Eyong, 26, a student at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., with impersonating a federal official, possessing fraudulent visa documents, and wire fraud. Prosecutors allege that in 2003, Eyong pretended to be a federal official acting on Payne’s behalf and demanded that a visa to the United States be issued. The indictment doesn’t say for whom Eyong was allegedly seeking the visa. Eyong allegedly sent faxes from the District to the German cities of Berlin and Frankfurt, as well as to Cameroon, according to the charges. A spokeswoman in Payne’s office says the congressman is cooperating with the probe. Eyong is president of his law school’s bar association and seems to be an ambitious student. According to an article on the university Web site, Eyong interned in summer 2005 with Judge Vanessa Gilmore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In the article, Eyong says he plans to be a civil rights lawyer. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and was a paralegal at Baker Botts’ D.C. office in 2004. Eyong did not reply to an e-mail sent to his university account.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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