In a case outside North Carolina, a father and daughter are facing allegations of wrongdoing in connection with marriages reportedly arranged to obtain green cards. The two recently appeared in court in order to have their bond amounts determined. The father, age 65, and the daughter, age 43, have both since been released with bonds met. If convicted, they could face deportation.
The father and daughter recently are now said to be subject to electronic monitoring while their case is under investigation. They are accused of arranging fraudulent marriages to help people obtain green cards. Authorities claim that the fraud scheme began in 2006 and that the father/daughter team would coach participants as to how to make their marriages appear legitimate.
One American man was reportedly offered $18,000 to marry an Asian woman who needed a green card. The man's marriage became suspect when he allegedly revealed to immigration officers that he was, in fact, gay. The company that was said to be run by the father and daughter is accused of filing as many as 70 fraudulent immigration petitions.
Facing deportation in North Carolina or any other state can be very stressful and understandably cause much anxiety to those involved. It would most likely be beneficial to those in such circumstances to seek legal counsel before proceeding to court. An experienced immigration and naturalization lawyer would be able to guide someone throughout the entire legal process and answer any questions or concerns a person being threatened with deportation might have.
Source: ABC 7 Chicago, "California father, daughter allegedly set up fake marriages for green cards", Sept. 11, 2015