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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Four Indicted on Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud, Marriage Fraud, Harboring an Alien to Come to the United States, Visa Fraud and False Statements Under Oath Charges

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned indictments charging EDWARD KUMI ANGUAH, age 39, a United States citizen serving in the United States Army, KWAPHOOM EUGENE HOOMKWAP, age 30, of Nigeria, SULEMANA IBRAHIM, age 39, of Ghana, and KAHMID MOHAMMED MURTADA, age 34, a United States citizen serving in the United Sates Army, with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud, harboring an alien to come to the United States, visa fraud and false statement under oath.

If convicted of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, harboring an alien to come to the United States, and visa fraud, ANGUAH, found in Cumberland County, would face maximum penalties of twenty five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and harboring certain aliens to come to the United States, HOOMKWAP, found in Cumberland County, and MURTADA, found in Cumberland County, would face maximum penalties of fifteen years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud, harboring certain alien to come to the United States, visa fraud, and false statements under oath, IBRAHIM, found in Cumberland County, would face maximum penalties of thirty five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

The case was investigated by the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) in the Eastern District of North Carolina lead by Homeland Security Investigations.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated February 21, 2019