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Tajikistan National Charged With Faking Marriage To Obtain Permanent Resident Status

May 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Coraopolis, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of visa fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one‑count indictment, returned on May17, 2011, named Mirzodzhon Mirzomatov, 26, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the Court, Mirzomatov, a Tajikistan national, stated in a permanent residence application that he had never sought entry into the United States by fraud, when in fact he had entered into a fraudulent marriage for the purpose of procuring a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approved Form I‑130 Petition for Alien Relative and a Permanent Resident status.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of ten years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney James T. Kitchen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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