AllDeaf.com
Perks - Advertise - Spy - Who Quoted Me  
Go Back   AllDeaf.com > Deaf Community > Current Events
LIKE AllDeaf on Facebook FOLLOW AllDeaf on Twitter
Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
Unread 05-05-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
rockin'robin
Registered User
 
rockin'robin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 20,588
Likes: 73
Liked 40 Times in 25 Posts
Family Indicted On Immigration Fraud Charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville family has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and to make false statements to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mowafak Shahla, 42, Fadi Chahla, 39, Antoun Chahla, 41, Fadel Chahla, 69, and Nuhad Numan, 60, are named in the indictment.

Shahla, Fadi Chahla and Antoun Chahla are also charged with unlawfully procuring naturalization and citizenship.

Fadel Chahla and Nuhad Numan are the parents of Shahla, Fadi Chahla and Antoun Chahla. All five of the defendants emigrated at different times from Syria to the U.S.

The indictment alleges a multi-object conspiracy involving Raymond Knight working with Shahla to broker a series of fraudulent marriages. The conspiracy involved three U.S. citizens entering into fraudulent marriages in exchange for money, according to the indictment.

The three fraudulent marriages involved Shahla and Victoria Knight, Fadi Chahla and Brenda Pettit, and Antoun Chahla and Genetta Knight, according to the indictment. In support of these fraudulent marriages and in an attempt to procure naturalization and citizenship, each defendant submitted documents containing false statements to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, prosecutors said.

Shahla, Fadi Chahla and Antoun Chahla were arrested Thursday morning at two different homes in Jacksonville. Fadel Chahla and Nuhad Numan remain at large and may be outside of the U.S., prosecutors said.

If convicted on all counts, Shahla, Fadi Chahla and Antoun Chahla each face a maximum penalty of up to 25 years imprisonment and $750,000 in fines. In addition to these penalties, the U.S. is seeking forfeiture of two homes used to facilitate the crimes charged in the indictment.

Victoria Knight pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to make false statements to a government agency. Genetta Knight and Brenda Pettit pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, make false statements to a government agency, and mail fraud.

Each defendant is awaiting sentencing.

Family Indicted On Immigration Fraud Charges - Jacksonville News Story - WJXT Jacksonville
rockin'robin is offline   Reply With Quote
Alt Today
All Deaf

Beitrag Sponsored Links

__________________
This advertising will not be shown in this way to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on AllDeaf.com
   
Unread 05-05-2011, 12:21 PM   #2
rolling7
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 3,340
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Happens in Houston often....too often.
rolling7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-05-2011, 12:23 PM   #3
posts from hell
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 9,430
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I was offered a good sum of cash to marry an asian of my picking. Was tempting for all of like 2 seconds.
posts from hell is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:41 AM.


Join AllDeaf on Facebook!    Follow us on Twitter!

AllDeaf proudly supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Copyright © 2002-2014, AllDeaf.com. All Rights Reserved.