A Santa Fe Springs man was sentenced Monday to 2 years in federal jail for orchestrating an immigration fraud scheme that concerned his daughter and Chinese language nationals who paid tens of hundreds of dollars to be “married” to U.S. residents.
Jason Shiao, sixty seven — also referred to as Jason Zheng and Zheng Yi Xiao — pleaded responsible in January to at least one rely of conspiracy to commit visa and marriage fraud, in line with the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace. His forty four-yr-previous daughter, Lynn Leung of Pasadena, was sentenced final week to 6 months behind bars for her position within the scheme.
After serving his jail time, Shiao will spend three years on supervised launch.
Prosecutors stated Chinese language nationals paid the defendants as much as $50,000 to enter into sham marriages within the hopes of acquiring lawful everlasting resident playing cards — also known as “inexperienced playing cards” — that may permit them to legally reside in the USA.
Shiao, who posed as an lawyer, and his daughter lined up U.S. citizen “spouses” for his or her shoppers and coached the couples on easy methods to make the marriages seem real when questioned by immigration authorities.
Additionally they ready and filed immigration petitions and created fraudulent paper trails for the “couples,” together with phony condominium leases, wedding ceremony pictures and financial institution statements.
Investigators stated they’ve recognized greater than 70 phony immigration purposes related to the defendants between October 2006 and July 2015. They consider the defendants’ shoppers discovered concerning the service via phrase of mouth or from ads in Chinese language newspapers.
A 3rd defendant charged within the case, Shannon Mendoza, 50, of Pacoima, is in federal custody in Philadelphia.
—Metropolis Information Service
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