In Florida and beyond, many people who have emigrated from other countries wind up encountering legal issues regarding their statuses while living in the United States. It is not uncommon for U.S. immigration law and criminal law to intersect, as is the case for one man who lives in another state. He and his wife are accused of participating in a scheme involving the fraudulent marriage of another couple.
The man in question is said to have been trying to help his sister-in-law find a way to stay in the country after her visa had expired. Officials say he paid another man $200 per month to pretend he was married to the woman. The man facing charges reportedly signed a marriage certificate, helped fake wedding photos and also pretended that the newlyweds were residing in his home with him and his wife.
On a recent Monday, the man was sentenced to three years’ probation and was ordered to undergo mental health treatment. His attorney had told the court that he had been suffering from depression. The attorney also noted that his client had not accepted any payment for his part in the marriage fraud scheme but was only acting out of love and concern for his family members.
When U.S. immigration law and criminal law collide, trying to resolve the issues in court can be challenging, especially if a person becomes at risk for removal. It is always a good idea to reach out for legal support in such circumstances. A logical means of doing so would be to request a meeting with an experienced Florida immigration law attorney.