August 3, 2006
Leader of Southern California Marriage Fraud Scheme Pleads Guilty
A woman accused of running a sophisticated marriage scam that charged foreigners seeking citizenship up to $60,000 for a mate has pleaded guilty on conspiracy and visa fraud charges. Julie Tran, 50, entered the plea Friday and could face up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine when she is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Monday. Prosecutors said Tran led the fraud ring that targeted Chinese and Vietnamese nationals and has been linked to as many as 75 sham marriages and the filing of more than 100 bogus visa petitions.
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