Three brothers living in Jacksonville were found guilty by a federal jury
as noted in a press release on February 7, 2013 from Immigration and Customs
The investigating agencies found the 3 brothers guilty of a conspiracy
to enter into marriage for the purpose of evading the US immigration laws.
The participating agencies in the investigation are the US immigration
and customs enforcement, the citizenship and immigration service, the
federal air Marshall service, the FBI and the Jacksonville sheriff.
The testimony and evidence used to convict the 3 brothers who are from
Syria and who sought out and married 3 American citizens comprised of
two sisters and their sister-in-law demonstrated that the marriages were
only to get permanent status 'green cards' and eventually to become
The marriages occurred in 1999, 2002 and 2005. The women were paid cash
for the marriages in one of the marriages the payments were on a monthly
payment basis. One woman was paid $3000 for her to travel to Syria on
two occasions. On one trip she got engaged and on the 2nd trip she entered
into the marriage.
The three brothers made false statements on the applications with immigration.
They also made false statements when they were interviewed about the marriages.
Before the interviews were conducted the couples met and prepared their
responses rehearsing the stories that they would tell immigration.
The three brothers had been granted permanent resident status but were
found out by authorities before they became United States citizens and
now they are facing deportation based upon the convictions. The 3 women
also pleaded guilty to conspiracy and became cooperating witnesses investigation
receiving 2 years of probation each.
Each of the brothers faces a maximum five years in federal prison for the
conspiracy and up to ten years for each of the other offenses.