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Fifth defendant pleads guilty in fake marriage scam

May 17, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Five people have pleaded guilty in federal court in Connecticut to their roles in a fraudulent marriage scheme designed to get non-citizens U.S. immigration benefits.

The U.S. attorney for Connecticut says 36-year-old Carl Jarrett, of Bridgeport, entered his plea Thursday, and was the final of the five defendants to do so. The others pleaded guilty over the last few months.

The others were identified as 60-year-old Marvin Williams, of New York City; 39-year-old Ricky Owen, of Bridgeport; 35-year-old Kenol Noel, of Bridgeport; and 44-year-old Dwight Henry, a citizen of Jamaica living in New York City.

All of them entered into at least one marriage in an attempt to get non-citizens green cards, or in Henry’s case, get a green card for himself.

Williams was involved in four fraudulent marriages.