Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ohio marriage scam paired European immigrants, poor brides


A federal judge in Ohio has sentenced nine people in a scheme that arranged sham marriages for Eastern European nationals seeking permanent U.S. residence.

U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley on Wednesday sentenced the nine to sentences ranging from two years on probation to 15 months in prison.

Eleven people were arrested in December in the plot that arranged fraudulent marriages for illegal immigrants seeking to evade immigration laws.
All 11 have pleaded guilty and two were previously sentenced.
Sentences that Marbley handed down included 12 months in prison for ringleader Dmitry Pani and 15 months for fellow ringleader Hasan Salohutdinov (HASS'-ahn salo-HOO'-deh-noff).


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