WEST HAVEN RESIDENT INVOLVED IN
MARRIAGE FRAUD SCHEME IS SENTENCED
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RACHID SAADOUN, 27, a citizen of Morocco last residing in West Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to approximately five months of imprisonment, time served, for his role in a marriage fraud scheme.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in November 2010, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) initiated an investigation into fraudulent marriages that had been arranged between Moroccan nationals and U.S. citizens in order for the Moroccan nationals to unlawfully immigrate to the U.S. The investigation included the use of consensual recordings, an examination of immigration and airline records, and other information.
The investigation revealed that Rachid Saadoun entered the U.S. under fraudulent circumstances after his sister, Bahija Saadoun, arranged for him to marry Ebony Jaynes, a U.S. citizen. In exchange for her agreeing to marry Rachid Saadoun, Jaynes was provided with an all expenses paid trip to Morocco. Bahija Saadoun also paid some of Jaynes’s bills. Jaynes signed a fraudulent Alien Fiancé Petition and, based on the fraudulent petition, U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services (“CIS”) granted Rachid Saadoun a conditional green card.
Once in the United States, Rachid Saadoun recruited Gino Kousa, a U.S. citizen, to fraudulently marry Fatima Saadoun, Rachid’s sister.
In an interview with CIS in January 2011, Rachid Saadoun stated, under oath, that he was married to Jaynes and living with her in West Haven. At the time, Jaynes was living in Georgia.
On December 16, 2011, Rachid Saadoun pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Saadoun, who has been detained since his arrest on October 6, 2011, will be deported to Morocco.
Bahija Saadoun, Fatima Saadoun, Jaynes and Kousa have each pleaded guilty to charges stemming from this scheme. Each awaits sentencing.
This matter has been investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s ICE Homeland Security Investigations and Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Fraud Detection and National Security Unit. The Connecticut State Police, and the Norwalk, Trumbull, Bridgeport and Naugatuck Police Departments have assisted the investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rahul Kale.
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