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Individuals Involved In Marriage Fraud Scam Sentenced

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December 14, 2006

Las Vegas, Nev. – Sentences were imposed today against two of the individuals involved in a marriage fraud scheme in Clark County, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Moustapha Moustapha, age 35, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to more than six months in custody after a "time served" sentence was imposed today. He has been in custody since May 2006. He had pleaded guilty on September 22, 2006, to one count of Marriage Fraud. Beverley Senior, age 48, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to five years probation and 100 hours of community service. She pleaded guilty on September 22, 2006, to one count of False Statement and Representation. A third person involved in the scheme, Ghada Aly, age 32, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to Possession of False Identification Documents and was sentenced on September 22, 2006, to one year of probation.

Moustapha and Senior were originally charged in May 2006 with Conspiracy, Marriage Fraud, False Application, and False Statement and Representation. Aly was charged with Conspiracy.

Moustapha and Aly were a married couple. In August 2001, Moustapha lawfully entered the United States from Egypt on a student Visa. Aly followed approximately one year later. Neither was a citizen or permanent resident alien of the United States. The couple divorced in Clark County in June 2005, causing Aly to become out-of-status and unlawfully in the United States.

In order for Moustapha to remain in the United States, Moustapha and Senior entered into a sham marriage in Clark County in July 2005 for the purpose of evading U.S. immigration laws. Senior held herself out to be a citizen of the United States, but she was actually a permanent resident alien. To further execute their scheme, in September and October 2005, Moustapha, Senior and Aly executed and presented forms to U.S. immigration authorities containing false statements, and in February 2006, Moustapha and Senior personally interviewed with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer in Las Vegas, and presented additional information and photographs in support of the immigration forms they had submitted. Throughout the course of the conspiracy, Moustapha and Aly continued to reside together as man and wife.

Following sentencing today, having served the period of imprisonment ordered by the court, Moustapha was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pending an immigration hearing and possible deportation from the United States. Aly is also in immigration custody, facing deportation from the United States.

The case was investigated by U.S. ICE and the FBI, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly M. Frayn.

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