USCIS HELPS BUST MARRIAGE FRAUD CASE September 7, 2006Posted by dsheen88 in Immigration by Marriage, News and politics.
WASHINGTON – The first of 22 individuals involved in a marriage and immigration fraud scheme were arrested today as part of a three-year law enforcement task force operation in the National Capitol area. As described in the government’s affidavit, the defendants are alleged to have arranged marriages between aliens seeking immigration benefits and United States citizens willing to enter into sham marriages in exchange for money…arrests were a result of the efforts of a task force of federal and local law enforcement agencies including: USCIS, ICE, the Arlington County (Va.) Police Department, the Fairfax
County (Va.) Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service and the Departments of State and Commerce. Aliens who participated in this fraud scheme were primarily from Ghana and generally paid large fees, between $2,500 and $6,000, to the defendants who facilitated the sham marriages.