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Saco Man Sentenced on Marriage Fraud Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2013

Contact: Jonathan R. Chapman
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Ronald
Serunjogi, 35, of Saco, Maine, was sentenced today in United States District Court by Judge
Nancy Torresen to four months of imprisonment and four months of home confinement as well
as one year of supervised release for marriage fraud conspiracy. Serunjogi was found guilty of
the charge on May 1, 2013, following a jury trial.

Evidence at the trial showed that the defendant and Sampson Sengoonzi, both Ugandan
nationals, paid money to a Lewiston woman who agreed to marry Sengoonzi so that he could
seek to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States. The defendant assisted
Sengoonzi in preparing submissions to immigration authorities in support of his application for
permanent resident status. Immigration authorities detected the fraud, denied the application and
referred the matter for a criminal investigation. Sengoonzi was previously convicted and
sentenced for his role in the scheme and has been ordered deported.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations.

 

 

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