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CrimeNearly 100 charged in massive Green Card marriage scheme

17:45  15 may  2019
17:45  15 may  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Nearly 100 people have been indicted, including an attorney, for participating in a massive marriage fraud ring in Houston, Texas, according to ICE. Nearly 100 people have been charged following a grand jury indictment that alleged the defendants were involved in a marriage fraud scheme .

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The marriages were short and not for love.

But instead of a Las Vegas-style, alcohol-fueled ceremony, these marriages were criminal schemes.

Authorities announced Monday that nearly 100 people have been indicted in a massive conspiracy in which immigrants paid as much as $70,000 to briefly marry a U.S. citizen and obtain a permanent resident card known as a “Green Card.”

The indictment, returned by a grand jury in Texas late last month, accuses 96 people of taking part in the Houston-based criminal organization, which created sham marriages between legal U.S. residents and aliens, mostly from Vietnam, for years.

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A green card marriage is a marriage of convenience between a legal resident of the United States of America and a person who would be ineligible for residency but for being married to the resident. The term derives from the availability of permanent resident documents (" Green cards "

Is it thought Mendoza was in charge of recruiting US nationals for the scheme . Sham marriage romanticized by Hollywood. Most of the nearly two dozen Americans interviewed by ICE for the investigation said they never received the money they were promised.

Officials said the spouses only met briefly and usually immediately before getting their marriage license, but sometimes they didn’t meet at all.

The group, led by Ashley Yen Nguyen, would prepare fake wedding albums to make it appear as if the couple had an actual wedding ceremony, and not just a courthouse marriage, according to a news release by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which led the year-long investigation with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“The indictment alleges the marriages involved in this conspiracy were shams because the spouses did not live together and did not intend to do so, contrary to the official documents and statements they submitted to USCIS,” the release states.

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$50K and a fake wedding album: Sham marriage scheme busted in southwest Houston, DOJ says Dozens of people have been arrested in a scheme that involved the creation of sham marriages to obtain a legal immigration status, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); In all nearly 100 people have been charged in the Houston-based marriage fraud scheme, says U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along investigators.

A federal grand jury returned the massive indictment April 30, 2019. This investigation targeted a suspected criminal organization allegedly operating a large-scale marriage fraud scheme to create sham marriages to illegally obtain admission and immigrant status for aliens in the United States.

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Nguyen, 53, worked with associates throughout Texas and Vietnam. Authorities said he would recruit U.S. citizens to act as petitioners in the sham marriages for a portion of the proceeds. Some of those petitioners even became recruiters themselves, according to the release.

The defendants are also accused of filing false tax and employment information to ensure authorities would approve the immigration forms.

Forty-seven people who were charged with marriage fraud could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

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