ICE Breaks Up MAJOR Marriage FRAUD Scheme

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Authorities indicted 96 people and arrested 50 for a marriage fraud operation allegedly taking place in Vietnam and Houston.

A months-long Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) probe uncovered a criminal operation that enabled numerous foreign nationals to fraudulently obtain legal immigration status in the U.S., according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release Monday.

Under the alleged terms of conspiracy, immigrant beneficiaries would pay around $50,000 to $70,000 to get married and score permanent resident status. The marriages were complete shams, according to the April indictment.

The spouses typically met only briefly before they obtained their marriage licenses and did not live together after becoming a “married” couple. The criminal operation behind the marriages would go so far as to produce fake wedding albums and falsified tax, utility and employment information — all in an effort to convince USCIS to approve the forms.

“These arrests mark the culmination of a comprehensive yearlong multi-agency investigation into one of the largest alleged marriage fraud conspiracies ever documented in the Houston area,” Special HSI Agent in Charge Mark Dawson said in a Monday statement. “By working together with our partners from various federal law enforcement agencies, we have sent a resounding message that we are united in our effort to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations that seek to circumvent U.S. law by fraudulent means.” 

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The indictment alleges Ashley Yen Nguyen, 53, was the leader of the criminal scheme and had operatives working throughout Texas and Vietnam.

People involved in the conspiracy allegedly recruited U.S. citizens to act as marriage petitioners, who would then receive a cut of the proceeds from the beneficiary spouses. Several people who were recruited as petitioners eventually became recruiters themselves.

Marriage fraud or conspiracy to commit marriage fraud carries a sentence of up to five years in prison. The other charges — including mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and tampering with a witness, informant or victim — all carry the possibility of 20 years in federal prison. A federal grand jury returned the indictment on April 30.

“Marriage fraud is a serious crime,” USCIS Houston District Director Tony Bryson said in a statement Monday. “This indictment reveals how successful our working relationships are with our law enforcement and intelligence partners when it comes to investigating marriage fraud. USCIS remains steadfast in our commitment to ensuring national security, public safety and the integrity of the immigration system.”

Src: The Daily Caller

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25 Comments

  • Tim Thompson
    Posted May 14, 2019 7:36 pm 0Likes

    Typical scam that is fostered on municipalities and states. It’s been going on for a long time people who Marry people just to obtain legal status. Our government is too big and does not have the policing systems to ferret out these criminal acts. We need to wake up, immigration needs to be fixed and fixed fast. Stop anchor babies from allowing these people priority license to steel from America.

    • lou
      Posted May 15, 2019 2:58 am 0Likes

      something else for the democrats to fight for if the WH is against fraudulent marriages.

    • lou
      Posted May 15, 2019 3:00 am 0Likes

      if the WH is against fraudulent marriages the democrats will fight for them.

    • Beverly Thorpe
      Posted May 15, 2019 10:58 am 0Likes

      My question is this: WHERE do these illegals get $50,000 to $70,000 to PAY the crooks for this way into America? Democrats tout the whole movement as poor, downtrodden, people afraid for their lives, so where do they get that money? The cartel? That kind of money would be easy to come by if you are a criminal drug dealer from the cartel in order to get into America and set up shop either drug trafficking or HUMAN women and children sex trafficking. Democrats in DC KNOW better! Yet, they refuse to correct the problems in legislation. A friend once told me that Dems see that hispanics and blacks are beginning to become independent in their thinking and are tired of their vote being taken for granted with no improvements in their lives. So if the borders are open as Dems want, plenty of people like from these caravans will come in grateful to the Dems and guarantee their votes for decades. Could this be the plan with ambitious DC Dem politicians??

  • Michael Thanh
    Posted May 14, 2019 7:53 pm 0Likes

    Great Job ICE.

  • Theresa
    Posted May 14, 2019 7:59 pm 0Likes

    I can’t wait till that greedy power hungry hag is in jail! She’s evil and so r all her corrupt friends disgusting!

  • Concerned American
    Posted May 14, 2019 8:21 pm 0Likes

    My youngest brother is involved in the same scam in California. He married a Filipino with in 3 days of meeting her. They reside approx 80 miles apart, she in LA he in Murietta. I’ve tried to report but each attempt has fallen on deaf ears?

  • Wanda Frost
    Posted May 14, 2019 8:22 pm 0Likes

    When will dumb, stupid, killer, lier, dummy, trash, awful ugly Bitch Hillary ever wake up to the fact we the people don’t want her back in our Whitehouse ever, ever again. She has a stink about her.

  • Sidney Benson
    Posted May 14, 2019 8:37 pm 0Likes

    What about Iliad Omar? She married her brother to get him here.

    • humberto aguilera
      Posted May 14, 2019 11:51 pm 0Likes

      Your are on the right track ICE should take the citizenship away from Omar and deported to Somalia back she committed a double crime morally and criminal, I can’t understand this people America give them a break to a better life and then they come and committed crimes, besides this woman is no patriot she is a traitor she hate America, and Americans she is an ungrateful so… of a b……
      send it back can some one please write a good letter to congress with that petition a guaranty must American will sign it the same with the other Muslim congresswoman. I will sign it in a bit

    • lou
      Posted May 15, 2019 3:02 am 0Likes

      does the government support incest? Or just the democrats?

    • Judith Otto
      Posted May 15, 2019 3:13 am 0Likes

      Isn’t that illegal as well as immoral?

  • Christian Concervative
    Posted May 14, 2019 8:59 pm 0Likes

    I can’t wait that ICE do the same great job busting up the crisis on the border. An this is without help from obstructionist Congress and RiNOs who would rather try and score political points for 2020 than do the business of protecting legal citizens.

  • ketrout
    Posted May 14, 2019 9:00 pm 0Likes

    A great reason to overhaul and enforce our immigration laws.

  • chris
    Posted May 14, 2019 9:19 pm 0Likes

    Well, this is great work, except for the fact we still have thousands pouring over our borders every day, but thats not ICE fault. At least these people had money to pay for all this. To be able to afford something like this they should have been able to hire a attorney who would have been able to show they would not be a burden on taxpayers unlike the millions already here. But illegal is illegal.

  • Judy
    Posted May 14, 2019 9:54 pm 0Likes

    Because of our laws that are so lax that America is being dumped on by those who come here illegally will use any means they can to get into the system to suck off of legal tax paying Americans… they come to not make America great but to use and receive what ever they can get for FREE… and those who help them USE America should not be allowed to be called American they also are using their status to get these illegals in and taking money to pretend to be a couple is pretty low… but its been done for many years… its about time this form of entry is stopped… We need more ICE to clean up the dirt coming to America..

  • Ulla Camp
    Posted May 14, 2019 10:34 pm 0Likes

    Good to hear that some agencies still believe in law and order………….
    Thank you………

  • Stan
    Posted May 14, 2019 10:46 pm 0Likes

    So, when will they be arresting Omar, she married her brother.

  • James
    Posted May 14, 2019 11:29 pm 0Likes

    As long as we have domestic terrorist in Congress this crap will never stop. We need to drain the swamp on both sides of the isle. We need true Americans that really care about America to be running this country!! NOT TRAITORS

    • Rosalia
      Posted May 16, 2019 4:41 pm 0Likes

      It’s up to US. The solution is to rn make sure we vote those people out of power. Get involved vote get informed. If an elected person does not do the right thing Trow them out. Eventually they will learn not to just steal money and do nothing like now.

  • walter FLATT
    Posted May 15, 2019 12:16 am 0Likes

    PROSCUTE ALL INVOLVED AND LET IT BE KNOWN, PUT THE FEAR OF GOD IN THE CROOKS.

    MR. PRESIDENT SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER MAKING DRUG TESTING OF ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES MANADATORY.

    • Judith Otto
      Posted May 15, 2019 3:16 am 0Likes

      Drug testing for food stamps, welfare and any other government handouts to include PELL grants. Why should the taxpayers be footing the bill for them.

  • walter FLATT
    Posted May 15, 2019 12:19 am 0Likes

    MR. PRESIDENT PLEASE SIGN AN EXECUTATIVE ORDER MAKING AUDITING OF ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS AND GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES MANADATORY.

  • Mario Porrata Colon
    Posted May 15, 2019 3:17 pm 0Likes

    It’s nothing short of amazing that Mr. Donald trump had to be elected president for all these problems to acquire the prominence they deserve. “America First” is a most necessary goal and policy for all of US of A.

  • STEVE FLOWERS
    Posted May 16, 2019 3:09 am 0Likes

    MORE VOTES FOR THE DEMOC-RATS TO GO ALONG ALLOWING PRISONERS AND 16 YEAR OLD TO VOTE. THEY WON’T STOP AT ANYTHING TO VOTE! EVERY ELECTION, I SAY THEY MUST CLOSE THE CEMETERIES, IT IS A3MAZING HOW THE DEMS CAN GET VOTES FROM THE DEAD!

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