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From: Dawn Carracio: (e-mail her)
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Marriage Visa Fraud: More Evidence—But It Was All In A Nicole Kidman Movie
In his series on marriage fraud, one thing that Guzzardi doesn't emphasize enough is the financial and professional value of US citizenship that comes automatically through matrimony.
Just ask 26-year-old Virginia resident, Yue Cheng, arrested earlier this month on a criminal complaint charging that she made false statements to the Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services to obtain permanent resident status. The complaint also alleges that Cheng made false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation allowing her to be hired as a special agent.[Government Employee Arrested, Facing Fraud Charges, WTKR News Channel 3, December 4, 2008]
In 2001 at the age of 19 Cheng married, in Las Vegas, a 57-year-old resident of California for the sole purpose of obtaining citizenship.
Cheng later enlisted in the United States Navy. While based in Norfolk, as a result of her citizenship via fraudulent marriage, she collected in excess of $24,000 in Base Allowance for Housing (BAH) allowance.
In March 2007, Cheng applied to the FBI in Norfolk Virginia to become a special agent.
During training at the FBI Academy in Quantico on March 3, 2008, Cheng admitted that she entered into her fraudulent marriage for the sole purpose of obtaining United States citizenship.
With two simple words—"I do"—Cheng got into the Navy, scammed free housing and was on her way to a fine FBI career before her past caught up with her.
The story doesn't say whether Cheng came to the U.S. on a K-1 visa or was merely a garden-variety illegal alien.
But either way, I'm impressed—from alien status to the Navy to the FBI in only six years!
What's clear in Cheng's story is the value of U.S. citizenship. Marriage fraud is an easy way to all its inherent rewards.