Three Kenyans have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a marriage fraud conspiracy. This is according to a news release by federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas City.
Nellie Mbote, 35, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on May 21st.
The indictment says Mbote and two other people entered into fraudulent marriages arranged by Delmar Dixon of Kansas City. Mbote married in 2009. Prosecutors say Mbote and the others paid Dixon to arrange their marriages, then paid their U.S. citizen spouses $1,000 at the wedding and $100 a month until their permanent residency or U.S. citizenship process was complete.
Mbote is charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of making false statements, one count of making a false oath in a matter relating to naturalization and one count of unlawfully procuring citizenship.
The two other individuals charged were Rogers Onyango Guche, 39, of Cypress, Texas; and Fidelina Mwelu Mutisya, 59, of Winchester, Ohio. Guche and Mutisya married their spouses in 2007.
The marriages were designed to bypass federal immigration laws, the indictment says, to obtain permanent residency and/or United States citizenship.
Mbote, Guche and Mutisya allegedly paid Dixon to arrange their marriages.
The three defendants allegedly paid their U.S. citizen spouses $1,000 at the time of the wedding and $100 each month until the immigration process was complete.
Dixon and others allegedly coached Mbote, Guche, Mutisya and their spouses on how to make their marriages appear legitimate, by making it appear as if the couples were living together and encouraging the couples to get to know each other.
Dixon was charged in a separate but related case. He was sentenced in July 13, 2017 to three years in federal prison after admitting he arranged 30-40 fraudulent marriages.
The indictment contains a revocation of citizenship. If convicted, Mbote’s naturalization will be revoked and her certificate of naturalization canceled.
Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, who will determine guilt or innocence.