On Thursday, 14 March, an Indian man living in Florida accepted charges laid against him concerning marriage scam and visa fraud.
47-year-old Ravi Babu Kolla was charged with the running of a marriage scam via which many illegal immigrants, mostly Indians, have been able to get papers to remain in the US by marrying US citizens.
Kolla’s conspirator, Krystal Cloud, 40, – a US citizen, pleaded guilty to marriage and visa fraud conspiracy on December 28, 2018, and was given two years jail term.
According to prosecutors, US citizens were recruited to marry Indian foreign nationals by an immigration marriage fraud business in Bay County. The business operated by Kolla helps Indian nationals get immigration benefits illegally from February 2017 to August 2018. Department of Justice revealed that Kolla is linked to above 80 scam marriages held in Alabama according to the investigation.
His conspirator, Cloud, entered one of such marriages in October 2017 and after that became a part of the business, helping to recruit US nationals to marry Indian nationals. Prosecutors alleged that she spearheaded or was involved in nothing less than 10 marriages involving US citizens from Panama as well as rural Calhoun and Jackson Counties.
Kolla, a resident of Florida’s Panama City, is now in detention awaiting his sentencing hearing that will hold at the US Courthouse in Tallahassee on May 22.
He faces a maximum of five years jail term for marriage and visa fraud as well as a maximum of twenty years jail term regarding money laundering conspiracy.
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