Indicted for conspiring to commit marriage fraud? The feds are going after gold-diggers these days?
The US Attorney's office has indeed announced the indictment of two people for "conspiring to commit marriage fraud," but it's got nothing to do with "Of course I'm not marrying you for your fortune, honeybuns. I just have a thing for elderly incontinent men."
Olanrewaju Adegoka Buraimoh, a citizen of Nigeria, and Ibraheem Adeneye, a naturalized U.S. citizen (and thank Christ for the cut-and-paste function), were indicted for trying to set up a fake marriage to get citizenship status.
Unfortunately for them, they were trying to set up a marriage with an undercover ICE agent.
According to the US Attorney's office, the pair offered to pay $3,500 (in installments, for crying out loud) for the fake marriage.
The release continues:
On Feb. 2, 2009, according to the complaint, after ICE took steps to notify the Harris County Clerk's Office of the impending fraudulent marriage, the agent and Buraimoh were married in a state court in downtown Houston by a judge. Thereafter, Buraimoh allegedly made a partial payment to the agent for going through with the marriage. Adeneye received $250 of that payment...
What the hell? "The agent and Buraimoh were married in a state court?
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That's going above and beyond, man. On the other hand, if it's a fake marriage to begin with, at least you don't have to put out.
We called US Attorney spokeswoman Angela Dodge. She thinks the ceremony might have been a sham as part of the cover-up operation, but she's double-checking. We'll let you know when she gets back to us.
The two defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Update: Dodge confirms that the ceremony was indeed a sham, and no marriage took place. Also no honeymoon sex, we assume.