Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Boston Man Pled Guilty To Marriage Fraud


WORCESTER – A city man admitted in federal court Tuesday to entering into six sham marriages with foreign women over 10 years.

“I just want people to know I’m very remorseful,” Peter J. Hicks, 58, said outside U.S. District Court, where he pleaded guilty to one felony count of marriage fraud.

According to authorities, Mr. Hicks married six women from sub-Saharan Africa from 2003 to 2013 in exchange for money. He filed paperwork trying to get four of the women green cards as a result of the marriages, prosecutors said; he failed three times, court records show and attempted to withdraw the fourth application.

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