Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they’ve busted a massive full-service marriage fraud scam based in Houston that charged people up to $70,000 to arrange a sham wedding with a willing U.S. citizen in order to immigrate to the U.S.
A total of 50 people have already been arrested and dozens more are still on the lam, authorities said.
The payments not only produced willing “spouses,” but also bought the fraudsters fake wedding photo albums, false tax and property records and a full storyline meant to fool U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services into believing the marriage was real.
Customers included people in Vietnam looking to enter the U.S., and others already in the U.S. who wanted to gain permanent legal status.