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Woman gets nearly 3 years in fake marriage case

Aug. 31, 2009 @ 03:10 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — A 35-year-old Seattle-area woman who ran a visa fraud scheme involving sham marriages to Cambodians faces two years and nine months in prison.

Vuthy Sim was sentenced Monday for three counts each of visa fraud and money laundering, conspiracy to commit those offenses and concealing an illegal alien.

U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said foreign nationals were denied visas because of spots that were taken in the fraud.

Sim was convicted on Jan. 23 after witnesses testified that she paid U.S. citizens $20,000 to pose as being engaged to Cambodian nationals, while the Cambodian men and women paid her $35,000.

Investigators found Sim made more than $160,000 from a dozen Cambodian men and women who engaged in sham weddings to get U.S. green cards.

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