LAFAYETTE — A Jordanian pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court to marriage fraud, admitting to Judge Richard T. Haik that he twice married American women to skirt U.S. immigration laws.
Emad Edin Yousef Abdallah, 29, pleaded guilty Monday to the fraud, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said.
She said Abdallah married on March 3, 2009, which ended in divorce a year later, then married another woman June 27, 2011.
“He admitted that the second marriage also took place in part to change his immigration status and evade immigration laws,” Finley said.
Abdallah faces up to five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for July 12 in a case prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. McManus and investigated by agents with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, which is under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security.