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

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud and Making a False Statement in an Immigration Matter

ELIZABETH CITY – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that, EDWARD KUMI ANGUAH, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was convicted in federal court following a two-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle.  ANGUAH was convicted of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, and making a false statement in an immigration matter.

The jury heard evidence that ANGUAH, a Sergeant in the U.S.  Army conspired with foreign nationals to engage in fraudulent marriages with U.S. Army soldiers.  By marrying the soldiers, the foreign nationals sought legal status in the United States to which they were not entitled.  Additionally, ANGUAH filed a false statement with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on behalf of one of the foreign nationals.      

ANGUAH faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.

Homeland Security Investigations, the Army Criminal Investigation Division at Fort Bragg, and the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office conducted this enforcement operation.  Assistant United States Attorney Gabriel Diaz represented the government.

Updated December 5, 2019