Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Defendants Enter Guilty Pleas in Sham Marriage Schemes

"Final defendants plead guilty in marriage fraud scheme"

"The final two defendants pleaded guilty Monday to charges in a Columbus-based marriage fraud scheme.

Hasan Salohutdinov, 28, of Dublin, Ohio, and a citizen of Uzbekistan, pleaded guilty in U. S. District Court here today to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and present false statements to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for his role in a scheme to arrange sham marriages between U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, primarily Eastern Europeans, in order to evade immigration laws. Elbek Saidjanov of Philadelphia, also a citizen of Uzbekistan, entered a plea of guilty today for having traveled to Columbus in order to enter into a sham marriage in February 2009.

Salohutdinov and Saidjanov are the last of eleven people indicted and arrested in December 2009 to enter guilty pleas."

Read the complete story: http://www.ice.gov/pi/nr/1004/100405columbus.htm

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