Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Federal authorities arrest dozens over alleged US immigration scam that offered fake marriages for $70,000

Federal investigators say they've arrested dozens of people in Texas on Monday after busting a sham marriage scheme that charged foreigners up to $70,000 – and even provided them with a fake wedding album – to help obtain legal immigration status in the U.S. The group’s alleged ringleader, 53-year-old Ashley Yen Nguyen, ran the criminal enterprise out of the Houston area but had associates helping her across the state and in Vietnam, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas. At least 50 people out of the nearly 100 named in a 206-count indictment are reported to be in custody as of Monday morning. “The spouses allegedly entered into the marriage pursuant to a financial arrangement for the primary purpose of circumventing U.S. immigration laws,” the Department of Justice said in a statement obtained by KHOU...MORE

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