Another Alien Was Found Guilty Of Marriage Fraud
Orlando, Florida - A federal jury found Marlon Jimenez (43, Norcross, GA) guilty yesterday of marriage fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 14, 2013. Jimenez was indicted on July 28, 2012, as part of "Operation Knot So Fast 2012." The operation targeted individuals who orchestrated fraudulent marriages in order to manipulate the United States' immigration system.
According to evidence presented at trial, Ender Rodriguez arranged the marriage of Jimenez, an alien unlawfully present in the United States, to Edna Isabel Cosme, a United States citizen. The marriage was arranged so that Jimenez could fraudulently obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States. During the course of the conspiracy, Rodriguez introduced Cosme to Jimenez and arranged for Rodriguez to be paid a fee of $3,500 for arranging the marriage. In addition, Cosme was paid $2,500 for her participation in the scheme. Rodriguez used the fraudulently obtained marriage certificate to prepare and file fraudulent petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on behalf of Jimenez. Edna Isabel Cosme (41, Kissimmee, Florida) pleaded guilty to marriage fraud on November 28, 2012. Her sentencing hearing is also scheduled for March 14, 2013.
Ender Rodriguez was charged in 2008. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration benefit fraud. On September 30, 2008, he was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Myrna Amelia Mesa.
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