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The case against Njock Eyong has been strange from the start. But in recently filed court documents, federal prosecutors shed light on how this law school student allegedly impersonated an official acting for Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.) in a failed effort to obtain visas. According to documents filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Eyong, a student at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., who had interned for Payne on Capitol Hill, used official stationery and the fax signature of Payne to demand that consular officials in Germany and Cameroon issue immigration documents to certain individuals in 2003. The letters “claimed falsely that the individuals had been invited by the Congressman to attend meetings of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. and that all expenses would be paid by Congressman Payne.” When embassy officials refused the request, Eyong called them to express displeasure, prosecutors wrote. When investigators first confronted Eyong with the evidence, he “disclaimed any knowledge” and blamed a now-deceased friend. After he was shown the handwritten sheets, prosecutors say Eyong admitted he may have sent the faxes. But Eyong tells a different story. In court filings, he says his now-deceased friend, Stephen Ndip, was the culprit, and he wants to depose Ndip’s brother for confirmation.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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