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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


JUNE 10, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PAKISTANI NATIONAL PLEADS GUILTY

TO MARRIAGE SCHEME


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Pakistani national pleaded guilty in federal court today to falsifying immigration documents related to a scheme to obtain permanent residency in the United States by marrying a U.S. citizen.


            Syed Amjad Mehmood Shah, 50, a citizen of Pakistan, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to aiding and abetting false statements on an immigration application.


            By pleading guilty today, Shah admitted that he made a false statement on INS Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence. Shah falsely stated that he resided with his wife in Kansas City, Mo., when in fact his purported wife resided at a different location.


            Co-defendants Mohammad Najeeb, 49, a citizen of Pakistan who was residing in New York, N.Y., and Sheila Carroll, 48, address unknown, have pleaded guilty to the same charge. Carroll admitted that she agreed to enter into a marriage with Najeeb in Kansas City, Mo., for the purpose of being paid to facilitate the fraudulent establishment of permanent residency for Najeeb. As part of this scheme, Carroll and Najeeb each filed a fraudulent INS Form I-751 that falsely stated they were residing together.


            Under federal statutes, each of the defendants could be subject to a sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William L. Meiners. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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