Hampden Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Marriage Fraud
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Marena Mushero, 28, recently of Hampden, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to conspiring to enter a marriage in order to evade U.S. immigration laws.
According to court records, Mushero, a United States citizen, posted an advertisement on an on-line forum, in which she offered to marry a person in need of permanent resident status in exchange for money. On June 13, 2018, she received a response from a Nepalese citizen who was lawfully in the U.S. and living in another state. Mushero agreed to marry him in exchange for cash payments so that he could get a “green card.” On June 25, 2018, Mushero and her coconspirator were married in Brewer, Maine. Before and after the wedding, Mushero received hundreds of dollars via wire transfers from her coconspirator, who continued to live and work in another state.
Mushero faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She will be sentenced after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Brewer Police Department.