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Green-card marriage scheme

According to the May 15 ABC News article by Julia Jacobo, “96 people charged in Texas marriage fraud scheme to get Green Cards,” Houston fraudsters are responsible for granting citizenship to Vietnamese nationals who paid hefty fees. Police say ringleader Ashley Yen Nguyen operated a well-organized marriage scam — charging between $50,000 to $70,000 for a marriage license. As a result, nearly 150 people fraudulently obtained green cards to become permanent U.S. residents.

The indictment remains sealed, but according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), organizers of the scam even created fake wedding photo albums to further the guise. The 96 organizers are charged with various counts of mail fraud and stand to serve 20 years in federal prison. 

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