FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - October 6, 2009
RUSSIAN MARRIAGE FRAUD SCHEME UNCOVERED
GREENVILLE - A joint investigation carried out by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Army’s Criminal Investigation Division has led to charges against eight individuals announced United States Attorney George E.B. Holding. The indictments, returned by a Federal Grand Jury on July 17, 2008, and a Criminal Information filed on June 15, 2009, allege an organized effort to arrange fraudulent marriages between Russian women from the New York City area and young enlisted men stationed at Fort Bragg. The Russian women sought the marriages as a means of gaining eligibility for permanent resident status and the enlisted men gained access to increased Basic Allowance for Quarters, allowing them to reside off-base. The investigation is on-going.
“This illegal scheme violates long standing immigration law and depletes much needed resources for military personnel. Federal and military law enforcement will not tolerate such activities.” commented Mr. Holding on the case.
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