A woman pleaded guilty to tax fraud, mail fraud and immigration fraud for her role in arranging fake marriages between US citizens and Vietnamese immigrants.
Ashley Yen Nguyen charged foreigners up to $70,000 for the arranged marriages, provided a fake wedding album and coached her clients so they could pass immigration interviews and obtain legal permanent resident status. US citizens participating in the marriages were paid for their involvement.
Nguyen fabricated paperwork for immigration that included tax, utility and employment information, showing the couples lived together when they in fact did not.
Funds from the scheme were used to purchase multiple homes, some of which were used to stage fake living arrangements between the marriage participants.