Posted on April 7, 2011

O.C. Family Arrested on Suspicion of Arranging Fake Marriages for Illegal Immigrants

Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2011

Three members of an Orange County family were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of arranging fake marriages for illegal immigrants who paid up to $60,000 apiece for documents.

The family owns an immigration-consulting business that caters primarily to Indian nationals who sought marriage certificates and work visas, according to federal authorities.

In all, 21 suspicious visa petitions were traced back to the business, MPEagle Consultants, which charged from $15,000 to $60,000 for its services, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said.


{snip} In some cases, the same “spouses” and marriage witnesses were used, according to authorities.