A Santa Fe Springs man faces potential federal jail time Monday when he’s sentenced 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 called Jason Zheng and Zheng Yi Xiao — pleaded responsible in January to at least one rely of conspiracy to commit visa and marriage fraud, in response to 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.
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 stay in america.
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 tips on how 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 house 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 by means of phrase of mouth or from ads in Chinese language newspapers.
A 3rd defendant charged within the case, Shannon Mendoza, 50, of Pacoima, is presently in federal custody in Philadelphia.
—Metropolis Information Service
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