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Forest Hills Couple Charged in Marriage Fraud Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA - Two suburban Pittsburgh residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiring to commit offenses against the United States, making false statements in matters relating to naturalization or citizenship, and unlawfully attempting to and procuring naturalization or citizenship, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The five-count Superseding Indictment named Man Ho, 32, and Le Thuy Nguyen, also known as Kim Nguyen, 48, of the 3300 block of Lenox Drive in Pittsburgh, PA (Forest Hills) as the defendants.

According to the Superseding Indictment, Ho and Nguyen are charged at Count One with conspiring to commit offenses against the United States. At Counts Three and Five, Ho and Nguyen respectively are charged with making false statements related to obtaining naturalization or citizenship. Finally, at Count Two, Ho is charged with unlawfully attempting to obtain naturalization or citizenship, while Nguyen is charged at Count Four with unlawfully procuring naturalization or citizenship.

As to Counts Two and Four, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. At Counts One, Three, and Five, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 5 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 offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorneys Cindy K. Chung and Yvonne M. Saadi are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services conducted the investigation leading to the Superseding Indictment in this case.

A superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated September 29, 2021