Mariya Chernykh, a Russian immigrant whose alleged sham marriage to a Riverside man was found when her husband turned a part of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terrorist capturing investigation, pleaded responsible to conspiracy, perjury and two counts of creating false statements Thursday, Jan. 26, in federal courtroom in Riverside.
Underneath a plea settlement with prosecutors, Chernykh admitted to 4 of the 5 expenses filed towards her in April – all however submitting a false doc. She is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 20, and faces as much as 20 years.
Attorneys on each side left courtroom with out commenting.
Chernykh additionally faces deportation, and has been on the Adelanto Detention Facility in custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since shortly after her arrest.
Authorities say Chernykh’s sister – who’s married to the brother of one of many San Bernardino shooters – organized for her to get married to a household pal in 2014 so she might acquire immigration advantages.
Authorities don’t consider the 2 couples helped plan or perform the Dec. 2 assault. However the weapons used to kill 14 individuals and wound 22 had been bought by Chernykh’s husband, federal prosecutors say say, and people ties introduced scrutiny that led all 4 of them to be charged with immigration fraud.
On Jan. 10, the shooter’s brother, Syed Raheel Farook, pleaded responsible to at least one felony cost of conspiring to commit immigration fraud. He faces a most sentence of 5 years in jail, a $250,000 high quality and three years’ supervised launch, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. thirteen.
Chernykh, alongside together with her sister, Tatiana Farook, had been scheduled to go to trial in March.
Pretend marriage allegations
Chernykh and her sister – then Tatiana Gigliotti – got here to the U.S. in July 2009 on J-1 visas, that are for individuals collaborating in cultural exchanges and academic packages. They lengthy overstayed their three-month visas.
In 2013, Gigliotti married Raheel Farook – brother of Syed Rizwan Farook, who carried out the San Bernardino assault alongside his spouse, Tashfeen Malik, on the Inland Regional Middle in San Bernardino. The shooters have been killed in a gunfight with police a couple of hours later.
The Farook brothers grew up in Riverside, and have been pals with their subsequent-door neighbor Enrique Marquez Jr.
In accordance with federal prosecutors, Gigliotti and Farook determined to arrange Chernykh and Marquez; they have been married in 2014.
However prosecutors say the wedding was a sham, and that Marquez was paid $200 a month to go together with it. Although Chernyk claimed to federal brokers that she and Marquez lived in Corona with the Farooks, he truly lived in Riverside together with his mother and father, whereas she lived in Ontario with a person who fathered her youngster, in line with federal courtroom paperwork.
The wedding allowed her to use for everlasting residence. Courtroom paperwork say the bid she made earlier this yr for everlasting residency was denied Dec. three when she and…