US Authorities Arrest 50 in Alleged Marriage Fraud Scheme
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 23:41 WIB | GLOBAL |Global

U.S. authorities say they have arrested 50 people in connection with what prosecutors are calling a "large-scale marriage fraud scheme" aimed at circumventing immigration laws.

According to a grand jury indictment filed last week, the scheme operated out of the southern state of Texas and includes people located both there and Vietnam.

The court filings lay out an arrangement in which those wanting to gain permanent resident status in the United States paid between $50,000 and $70,000 to an organization led by Ashley Yen Nguyen.

Those people would then be matched with a U.S. citizen recruited by the organization, who would be given a cut of the payment, and in some cases would go on to recruit other citizens to take part in the scheme as well.

To make their immigration applications seem legitimate, authorities say the organization helped those involved create albums of wedding pictures and provided fake documents relating to taxes, utility accounts and employment records.

The indictment includes a range of charges against 96 people, including marriage fraud, mail fraud, immigration fraud, lying under oath and witness tampering.

"Marriage fraud is a serious crime," U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Houston District Director Tony Bryson said in a statement. "USCIS remains steadfast in our commitment to ensuring national security, public safety and the integrity of the immigration system."

Prosecutors say the false nature of the marriages included spouses who have never lived together and do not intend to, ones who met briefly before applying for a marriage license if they met in person at all, and those who got married according to a financial arrangement worked out with Nguyen's organization.

The process for a U.S. citizen to seek permanent resident status for a spouse is extensive, with the USCIS asking for documents such as the marriage certificate, joint lease or ownership of property, a mixing of finances, and affidavits from people asserting the marriage is bona fide.

There are also multiple forms for both the citizen and the spouse to submit, and an interview for the couple, with warnings that providing false information is subject to criminal prosecution.

Source: VOA news

RELATED NEWS

Italian Police Arrest Three Accused of Torturing Migrants in Libya
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 16:40 WIB

Italian police arrested three men Monday accused of torturing and extorting money from migrants in a Libyan detention center. Prosecutors in Sicily ordered the arrests of two Egyptians and one Guinean after several people identified them as their suspected tormentors. The three allegedly ran a mig...

North Korea: 'Denuclearization' Talks Possible if 'Threats' Removed
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:34 WIB

North Korea says it may be willing to discuss "denuclearization" with the United States if unspecified "threats and hurdles" to its security and development are addressed. The comments Monday by North Korea's Foreign Ministry come days ahead of what U.S. officials hope is the start of long-delayed ...

Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities Knock Out Half Kingdom's Supply
Monday, 16 September 2019 23:23 WIB

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry on Saturday, knocking out more than half the kingdom's output, in a move expected to send oil prices soaring and increase tension in the Middle East. The attacks will cut the kingdom's output b...

Trump: US is 'Locked and Loaded' to Respond to Saudi Oil Attack
Monday, 16 September 2019 17:05 WIB

U.S. President Donald Trump says American forces are 'locked and loaded' to respond to the fiery attacks on one of Saudi Arabia's largest oil fields and the world™s biggest crude oil stabilization facility. "There is reason to believe we know the culprit," Trump tweeted late Sunday. He added he i...

Hong Kong Demonstrators Clash with Police on 99th Day of Protests
Monday, 16 September 2019 10:47 WIB

Anti-government protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong again on Sunday, with demonstrators hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at authorities who responded with volleys of tear gas and blasts of blue-dyed water fired from water cannons. Some of the thousands of protesters threw bricks at polic...

ANOTHER NEWS
Stocks open slightly lower as Fed begins two-day meeting
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:44 WIB Stocks opened slightly lower Tuesday as Federal Reserve policy makers were set to begin a two-day meeting expected to conclude with another quarter-point cut in interest rates. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 77 points, or 0.3%, to 27,000,...

DISCLAIMER

Seluruh materi atau konten yang tersaji di dalam website ini hanya bersifat informatif saja, dan tidak dimaksudkan sebagai pegangan serta keputusan dalam investasi atau jenis transaksi lainnya. Kami tidak bertanggung jawab atas segala akibat yang timbul dari penyajian konten tersebut. Semua pihak yang mengunjungi website ini harus membaca Terms of Service (Syarat dan Ketentuan Layanan) terlebih dahulu dan dihimbau untuk melakukan analisis secara independen serta memperoleh saran dari para ahli dibidangnya.