Here Comes the Fraudster

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Most couples meet through an introduction by friends or family, social activities, work or online dating. (And before getting married, most people prefer to know their spouses fairly well prior to walking down the aisle as the ”Here Comes the Bride” wedding march plays.) An article posted on WTNH.com explains how an uncle illegally attempted to help his nephew make it to the altar for the purpose of obtaining U.S. Citizenship.

The article states that the uncle coerced a female friend to marry his nephew in Pakistan and even offered to help pay for the woman’s travel expenses, promising her she would not have to live with the nephew once he had made it to the U.S. The uncle even escorted the bride-to-be to the U.S. Passport Office where she attempted to apply for a passport. (However, the plan fell through when officials became suspicious and an investigation ensued.)

The 33-year-old uncle pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. He was sentenced to three months of house arrest followed by three years of probation.

While getting a green card and living in the U.S. is a dream of many immigrants, obtaining it in an illegal manner is not a very smart idea. (The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is pretty difficult to fool.) The uncle probably had his nephew’s best interest in mind, but it looks like there will be no wedded bliss or honeymoons in the U.S. any time soon.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”New Haven Man Sentenced for Wedding Fraud Citizenship Scheme,” written by Darren Kramer and posted on WTNH.com on January 20, 2015.

New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) – A New Haven man was sentenced Tuesday for his role in a scheme to arrange a phony marriage so his nephew could become a US citizen.

33 year old Syed Naqshband was sentenced to three months of house arrest, followed by three years of probation. According to court papers, Naqshband got one of his female friends, who is a US citizen, to agree to marry his nephew in Pakistan. Naqshband offered to help pay the woman’s travel expenses, and promised her she would not have to live with his nephew once he came to the United States.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.