Former Sailor Convicted of Marriage Fraud Conspiracy
NORFOLK, Va. – Jamar Bernard Marlin Jones, 26, of Hampton, Va., a former sailor, was convicted today by a Norfolk federal court jury of 11 charges stemming from a marriage fraud conspiracy involving sailors from the USS KEARSARGE.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after United States District Judge Mark S. Davis accepted the jury’s verdict. Jones faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 24, 2012.
According to the evidence at trial, Jones arranged fraudulent marriages between Navy sailors from his ship, the USS KEARSARGE, and illegal aliens, including his cousin, from his home country of Grenada. He instructed the sailors on what papers to submit to the Navy to begin receiving a basic allowance for housing (BAH) based on their married status, which nearly doubled their base pay. From some of the illegal aliens, he received a set fee of $6,000. When a sailor refused to carry out the process of filing the BAH papers or providing help with the immigration process, he threatened them.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph DePadilla and Randy Stoker on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.