Three Plead Guilty to Marriage Fraud Scheme


Three men face sentencing in Boise federal court next Monday, after admitting to participating in a marriage fraud scheme. Federal prosecutors said Joshua Buell of Ketchum, Idaho, Bryon Bain of Friday Harbor, Wash., and Daniel Casado of Austin, Texas, entered into sham marriages with Peruvian women, never living with the women as husband and wife.

U.S. Justice Department officials said the men were each paid between $3,000-$5,000 by organizers of the fraudulent unions. Prosecutors said soon after the men filed claims that their marriages were legitimate, the women used the forms to apply for permanent resident status. U.S. Immigration officials said the men later admitted to knowingly and intentionally aiding the women in making false statements.

The men face the possibility of up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.