CRIME

Nigerian Pleads Guilty to Sham Marriage

Monsuru Ogunbiyi has pled guilty to one count of immigration fraud, after entering to what the prosecutor alleged was a “sham marriage” with a US citizen Ajia Strauss, in order to obtain a US permanent residency card.

Strauss of Newark New Jersey also pled guilty to same charge in a federal court in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

The marriage took place on the 6th of June 2016 in New Jersey, where Strauss resided at the time. Mr. Ogunbiyi, 36 returned to Pennsylvania where he lived shortly after the marriage, prosecution said.

The following year, Ogunbiyi used Strauss’ New Jersey address when he began applying for his permanent residency. Investigators uncovered series of texts messages where the two sought to know more about each other. Opened a joint account and also took several staged photographs ahead of scheduled appearance before US immigration services.

Strauss sentence would be on June 3, 2020 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She faces up to $250,000 in fines.

Monsuru Ogunbiyi would be deported after serving out his sentence, the court heard.

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