A Santa Fe Springs man pleaded responsible Monday to a federal cost for posing as an lawyer as a part of an immigration fraud scheme by which Chinese language nationals paid tens of hundreds of dollars to be “married” to U.S. residents.
Jason Shiao, sixty six, is scheduled to be sentenced April 24 by U.S. District Decide Dale Fischer on one rely of conspiracy to commit visa and marriage fraud, in accordance with the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.
Shiao’s daughter, forty four-yr-previous Lynn Leung of Pasadena, pleaded responsible to the identical cost final September and is awaiting sentencing.
A 3rd defendant, Shannon Mendoza, is scheduled to face trial in March in downtown Los Angeles.
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 might permit them to legally stay in america.
Shiao and Leung lined up U.S. citizen “spouses” for his or her shoppers and coached the couples on how one can make the marriages seem real when questioned by immigration authorities, based on courtroom papers.
Additionally they ready and filed immigration petitions and created fraudulent paper trails for the “couples,” together with phony house leases, wedding ceremony pictures and financial institution statements.
–Metropolis Information Service
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