California woman jailed over fake Chinese weddings

2017-04-18 12:11
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Los Angeles - A California woman was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday for running a fake marriage scam with her father to enable Chinese nationals to obtain immigration visas.

Federal officials said Lynn Leung, 44, and her 67-year-old father, Jason Shiao, over nearly a decade organised more than 70 phony marriages for Chinese nationals who paid up to $50 000 for their services in order to obtain a permanent resident visa, or "green card".

Shiao, who posed as an immigration attorney, and his daughter - both of whom have pleaded guilty in the case - paired customers with US nationals who were in need of money and in some cases even homeless, federal investigators said.

The pair went to great length to deceive authorities, staging wedding photo shoots and organising fake honeymoons, authorities said. They also coached couples on how to avoid detection by immigration authorities.

The US citizen recruited for the scheme would be promised up to $10 000, but many told investigators that they never received payment.

Investigators said Leung and her father netted up to $3.5m from the scheme that allowed them to enjoy a lavish lifestyle.

In addition to her prison term, Leung on Monday was ordered to pay a $4 000 fine and will be on supervised release for three years.

Shiao is set to be sentenced in the case on April 24.

Earlier this month, federal agents raided a Los Angeles-area business suspected of being connected to a $50m visa fraud scheme involving more than 100 Chinese investors.

The investors obtained green cards through the so-called EB-5 visa programme.

The programme offers foreign nationals permanent US residency in exchange for investments of at least $500 000 in a US business that must also create 10 American jobs.

In this case, however, the investors proposed projects that were never built and some of their money was refunded to them by the key suspects - Victoria Chan, a California attorney, and her father, Tat Chan.

Read more on:    us

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/World
 

For the love of Corgis!

WATCH: 35 Corgi's to make your day! If they’re good enough for the Queen of England they’re good enough for us.

 
 

Paws

Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.