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|February 26, 2017|
Kin of San Bernardino terrorist admits sham marriage
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - Syed Raheel Farook, the brother of deceased San Bernardino terrorist killer Syed Rizwan Farook, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in an immigration fraud case.
It stems from the investigation of the December 2, 2015 attack in San Bernardino in which 14 people died and 22 were wounded.
Syed Raheel Farook, 31, admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud before United States District Judge Jesus Bernal.
As a result of the guilty plea, Syed Raheel Farook faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release. Judge Bernal is scheduled to sentence the defendant on November 13.
Syed Raheel Farook; his wife, Tatiana Farook; and his sister-in-law, Mariyah Chernykh, were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury. All three were charged with conspiracy to knowingly make a false statement with respect to a material fact in an application, affidavit, and other document required by the immigration laws and regulations of the United States, and to commit perjury.
The indictment alleges that, beginning in late 2014 and continuing through February 2016, the three defendants conspired with Enrique Marquez Jr. to obtain immigration benefits for Chernykh by arranging and carrying out a sham marriage between Chernykh, a Russian citizen, and Marquez, a United States citizen. The conspirators allegedly made false statements in immigration documents submitted on Chernykh’s behalf.
Marquez has yet to stand trial and remains in custody.
Story Date: January 15, 2017