MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Federal attorneys have charged 47-year-old Miami resident Yamira Sanchez with helping foreign national men wrongfully obtain their U.S. green cards by mediating their marriages with Cuban-born women living in South Florida as U.S. nationals or legally resident. These mediated marriages enabled the foreign men to take advantage of faster immigration benefits under Cuban adjustment law.
According to the indictment, which was closed this week in the federal district court in Miami, Sanchez owned the Immigration Consultant and Immigration Corp., a company in South Florida that offered immigration applications and other services to the public. Some of the services were illegal, according to the indictment. It is alleged that Sanchez and her accomplices profited from arranging fraudulent marriages between men from Italy without legal status in the United States and women born in Cuba who immigrated to the United States and obtained legal status here as U.S. citizens or legal residents. Because the women were born in Cuba, the Cuban Personalization Act allowed them to seek rapid immigration benefits for their foreign national husbands: immediate legal permanent residence in the United States, in most cases.
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In return for thousands of dollars from men they barely knew, the women — all recruited by Sanchez and her conspirators — married the men and filed immigration notices on their behalf, asking the U.S. government to grant their newly legal permanent residency status to their new-minted husbands , reads the indictment. This enabled the men to live permanently and legally in the United States. It was Sanchez, through his firm, who prepared, notarized, and filed the marriage and immigration papers necessary to secure immigration services for the Italian men, according to the indictment.
The indictment accuses Sanchez once of conspiracy to commit marital fraud and of five counts of unlawfully inciting a foreigner to reside in the United States. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000.
The indictment also charges conspiracy theorists Gennaro di Tommaso (32), Massimillano di Napoli (47), Fernando Sivo (25), Alessio Sarno (31) and Vincenzo Lopopolo (34) with conspiracy and marital fraud, which they face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000. It accuses wife petitioners Yaneisi Osorio Rodriguez (35), Emily Perez (30), Jaileen Dominguez (23), Elizabeth Penalver (29) and Loi Torriente (29) of conspiracy, marital fraud and a counter each for illegally encouraging a foreigner to live in the USA. If convicted, they risk up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000.
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Defendants made their first appearances this week before U.S. Judge Edwin G. Torres. They are free of bond, pending trial.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Miami Field Office, announced the charges.
HSI Miami investigated this issue with assistance from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Will J. Rosenzweig is prosecuting the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Annika Miranda handles asset forfeiture.
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An indictment merely contains allegations, and defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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