Twenty Indicted in Fake Marriage, Drug Trafficking Scheme

Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2010

Twenty people were indicted by federal authorities in a scheme in which foreigners allegedly used sham marriages to obtain green cards to further a drug dealing operation, authorities said Wednesday.

Dubbed Operation Paint it Black, the 19-count grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges crimes related to distribution of ecstasy, marijuana cultivation and a scheme in which foreign nationals paid tens of thousands of dollars to marry American women so they could obtain permanent U.S. residency.

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Named in the indictment were Kyle Carriere, 23, Henry Chen, 21, Sylvia Ho, 22, and Katrina Yu, 21, all of Rowland Heights; Tony Tuan Dam, 22, of Huntington Beach; Andy Lai, 28, of El Monte; Richie Le, 26, of Los Angeles; Lawrence Liu and Michael Chen, both 22 of Diamond Bar; Nathan Nwobi, 36, of Culver City; Brian Ly, 22, and Seong Chun Tan, 32; both of Alhambra; Edward Su, 22, of San Gabriel; Jun Paz, 25, of West Covina; Steven Settino Siino, 22, of San Dimas; Allen Chen, 26, of Arcadia; Jane Kim, 23, of Yorba Linda; Chun Chih Hu, 29, who resides in unincorporated Los Angeles County; Angela Kim, 22, of Los Angeles; and Feng Ye, 38, of Flushing, New York.

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