The U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Deirdre M. Daly announced that a 52 year old resident of Stamford, Connecticut and a citizen of the Republic of Georgia pleaded guilty in Hartford, Connecticut federal court to engaging in an immigration fraud scheme involving fraudulent marriages.
The Defendant pleaded guilty to running an immigration fraud scheme where he set up fraudulent marriages for 50 to 60 European citizens. As part of the scheme, the Europeans paid the Defendant between $12,000 and $16,000, and he then would arrange for fraudulent marriages between the foreigners and U.S. citizens in order to obtain immigration benefits for the foreigners. The U.S. citizens were paid to enter into the sham marriages, according to U.S. Attorney Daly.
The Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of making a false swearing in an immigration matter, which carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison. He will be sentenced on October 27, 2017 and has released on a $75,000 bond pending sentencing.