A Jamaican woman now faces a lengthy prison term after she was found guilty of marriage fraud by a US federal jury.
According to a report by the United States Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency, the woman was found guilty Wednesday (July 23) of marriage fraud by a federal jury.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Nerene Erica Harrison, 32, of St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.
Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23. Harrison was indicted Nov. 13, 2013, along with Robert Kenneth Scott Cruz.
“Every marriage fraud scheme corrupts the integrity and fairness of our nation’s immigration system,” said Susan L. McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa.
After her visa expired, Harrison offered Cruz, a United States citizen, $6,000 to marry her.
They were married Aug. 15, 2011, and subsequently petitioned for Harrison to receive lawful permanent resident status based on the marriage.
Cruz pleaded guilty March 27. He also faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.
A sentencing hearing has been set for Nov. 11.