A 28-year-old woman identified as Ajia Strauss on Thursday February 13, found guilty over her illegal marriage to a Nigerian man to defraud the United States.
Strauss who was accused before a Pittsburgh federal court confessed to have entered a farce marriage with a Nigerian man who reportedly lives in Pittsburgh with the aim of securing a permanent resident.
However, the Prosecutors 36-year-old identified as Monsuru Ogunbiyi returned to western Pennsylvania where he was already living after the marriage was conducted in New Jersey on June 3, 2016. It was reported that asides paying Strauss $1,500 for the fake marriage, they fabricated documents, made untrue statements to Citizenship and Immigration Services, staged loved up photos, insisted they lived together and also opened a joint bank account.
They were trapped after Ogunbiyi filed for permanent residency status in 2017. Text messages in which they discussed about Strauss’ address and learning more about each other before the fake marriage were obtained by authorities.
The duo were indicted in July 2019 and the Nigerian man who pleaded guilty to same offense in December 2019, has already served two and a half months in jail and is also likely to be deported.
Furthermore, Strauss is scheduled to be sentenced in Pittsburgh on June 3. Likely to face up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines, authorities said.