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100 Face Charges for 'Fake Marriage' Immigration Scheme, Says U.S. Attorney

Dozens named in a 206-count indictment were arrested by investigators.

 on 13th May 2019 @ 11.00pm
the marriages were arranged between a foreign national and a u s  citizen to obtain legal immigration status © press
The marriages were arranged between a foreign national and a U.S. citizen to obtain legal immigration status

Nearly one hundred people are facing federal charges for an alleged sham marriage scheme, according to The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.

Dozens named in a 206-count indictment were arrested by investigators.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office obtained a 206-count indictment from a federal grand jury accusing the organizers faked the marriages and charged between $50,000 and $70,000.

The marriages were arranged between a foreign national and a U.S. citizen to obtain legal immigration status, according to KHOU.

the organization reportedly has ties across texas and vietnam © press
The organization reportedly has ties across Texas and Vietnam.

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Investigators had placed 50 people behind bars by Monday morning.

According to Breitbart: Ashley Yen Nguyen, a.k.a. Duyen, 53, is named as the head of the organization headquartered in southwest Houston, according to the local CBS affiliate.

The organization reportedly has ties across Texas and Vietnam.

According to the KHOU report, each person wishing to come to the U.S. would pay between $50,000 and $70,000 to arrange a marriage to a U.S. citizen to obtain lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.

The fees were allegedly prorated and would be paid as each step was achieved.

The indictment alleges that Duyen and others recruited U.S. citizens to act as petitioners in the sham marriages.

They also received a portion of the proceeds from the beneficiary spouses who were moving to the U.S., KHOU reported.

“A sham marriage is a marriage that is entered into for the primary purpose of circumventing immigration laws.

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 documents and statements they submitted to USCIS,” according to a statement from the DOJ published by KTRH AM740.

if convicted in federal court  the conspirators could face between five and 20 years in prison © press
If convicted in federal court, the conspirators could face between five and 20 years in prison.

“The spouses only met briefly, usually immediately before they obtained their marriage license, or not at all, according to the charges.

The spouses allegedly entered into the marriage under a financial arrangement for the primary purpose of circumventing U.S. immigration laws.”

Another person named in the indictment is Pearland, Texas, attorney Trang Le Nguyen aka Nguyen Le Thien Trang, 45, the KTRH report stated.

The Pearland attorney is accused of obstructing and impeding the due administration of justice and tampering with a witness, victim, or informant.

The federal indictment remains sealed for those who have not yet been arrested.

If convicted in federal court, the conspirators could face between five and 20 years in prison.

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