Marriage Scam Rings Broken Up By Fed
Marriage scams present an unlimited opportunity for fraud whether they involve matchmakers who send U.S. citizens abroad to get fiancee visas or U.S. American citizens who are paid to marry illegal aliens. As a single man, I have been approached three times asking if I could like to make some quick and easy cash.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that federal immigration authorities say that green card marriages are a common and growing crime perpetrated by sophisticated moneymaking rings.
Among identity and benefit fraud investigations, 21 percent involve bogus marriages.
To help cut down on the immigration abuses, the government has created special marriage fraud task forces.[“Officials Crack Down on Phony Marriages,” Associated Press, October 20, 2006]