Federal Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Marriage Fraud Case
ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced the guilty verdict of JIAN BING WU yesterday in the United States District Court for Guam. The jury found WU guilty of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and marriage fraud, based on his fraudulent marriage to Lynda Kathryn Laracuente for an immigration benefit. The charges stem from an Indictment filed on August 22, 2012 against WU and Bradley Jiblits.
The guilty verdict is the result of a six-day jury trial in front of Chief Judge Francis Tydingco-Gatewood. The jury found WU guilty of Count One, Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud, in violation of 18, United States Code, Section 371, and Count Two, Marriage Fraud, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1325(c). Three co-defendants in related cases pleaded guilty previously and are awaiting sentencing. Defendant Jiblits entered his guilty plea to Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud on November 28, 2012. Lynda Kathryn Laracuente pleaded guilty to Marriage Fraud on November 4, 2011, and Yingzi Zhang pleaded guilty to Aiding and Abetting False Statements on May 3, 2013.
WU’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 22, 2013. He faces a statutory maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Limtiaco stated, “Our immigration laws allow aliens who enter into legitimate marriages with U.S. citizens to gain the right to stay in the United States as permanent resident legal aliens. But aliens who engage in sham marriages to gain legal status in this country, and anyone who helps them to do so, undermine the integrity of that system and commit a fraud against the United States.”
The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen F. Leon Guerrero and First Assistant United States Attorney Stephen P. Sinnott.