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US authorities arrest 50 in alleged marriage fraud scheme

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.


+1 #1 Kabayekka 2019-05-16 14:34
What the US should be doing right now is to try as its old age grand parents used to do.

It is to provide food and modern technology to the countries that are hoping to become as developed as the US.

When these countries then develop as South Korea and Japan have done over the years, since the second world war, the citizens of these countries will give up the idea of mass immigration!
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-1 #2 Kabayekka 2019-05-16 14:53
In this global world of former Presidents Carter and Obama, one asks these days what is the meaning of a US fraud marriage?

Does it mean Gay marriage? Or a sexless loveless marriage? Or a proper modern immigration marriage? Or an abussive marriage with divorced parents of 10 children? Ect.....
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+1 #3 Lakwena 2019-05-16 17:21
In other words, there are now different forms of human trafficking taking place.

Aren't we already in the Last Days? Just asking.

Otherwise, the coldness, indifference and inhumanity to humanity is becoming unprecedented; as the love for others is growing cold, and men and women betray and murder each other in cold blood.
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-1 #4 kabayekka 2019-05-16 21:53
Lakwena what do you mean by being in the Last Days of this world?

Technology is with humanity these days and it has affected global employment.

The US is well aware of this dilemma but unfortunately continues to trade in armament all over this world so that societies break out in mass immigration.
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+1 #5 Lakwena 2019-05-17 10:59
Quoting kabayekka:
Lakwena what do you mean by being in the Last Days of this world?

Technology is with humanity these days and it has affected global employment.

The US is well aware of this dilemma but unfortunately continues to trade in armament all over this world so that societies break out in mass immigration.

Kabayekka, what I meant by the Last Days, is the beginning of the end of human civilization and the entry of the era of savagery (materialism).
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+1 #6 G.A. Hermanstein 2019-05-17 17:20
There are alot of American Citizens also being scammed by people from other countries that lie and convince the person is in a ligitimate relationship.

These relationships can go on for years and to the victim everything seems ok. These people end up marrying the other party, get a visa to bring the spouse to the US only to find out that it was a scam.

When these things happen the Government doesn't take it very seriously. The scammers should be arrested and should have to pay back any money or material good accumulated by this type of criminal activity.

I believe at this time they're given basically a slap on the wrist. These crimes will continue unless we treat these criminals like the evil heartless criminals that they are.
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0 #7 Akot 2019-05-17 19:30
Lakwena, thanks.

Fake marriages that allow people to live in USA-Europe has been going on for so long already!

Many married Africans living in Europe have second wives in country of origin & go regularly to impregnate them!

There are today many polygamist migrants from developing coutries & those at war... in Europe, than ever before!

Younger mothers from polygamy families are migrating to Europe & register as single mothers; this leaves kids brought over without fathers!
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0 #8 Akot 2019-05-17 19:41
Lakwena, thanks!

The Bible tells us so many bad things will happen before this entire rotten system is brought to an end & God gives humans second chance - "there will be wars, reports of wars, flooding...& if God does not cut this developments short, there will not be left a sole on the surface of the earth!

But of course, only those who believe in God also believe in what the Bible forecasts!

We cannot blame USA-Europe for selling arms, as it's us who MUST not go along with dictators-bad rulers who use people against one another to stay in power!

Museveni buys arms, fighter planes & tribalistically divided & rules, knowing no out sider will ever come to help Ugandans nor say a word against him as long as we maintain the tribalistic system!

If, by the grace of God, Museveni drops dead, what will Ugandans do?
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0 #9 Akot 2019-05-17 19:53
G.A. Hermanstein, understood, but,

It's the root cause of migration which is "bad rule-dictatorship-wars", that must be treated & not side effects!

Migration is good business today while USA/Europe have been turned upside down without them knowing how to end it!

Besides migration, technoligy has destroyed many jobs while European population grows, yet retirement age is raised! More young resort to having 3 kids before they are 30 in order to get meaningful social benefits; housing, healthcare..., as jobs are so so hard to come by after finishsing education that all children are entitled to, especially as grand parents are still occupying posts, forced to look for jobs!
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