Friday, April 18, 2008

Sailors' Involved In Green Card Marriages

Where are Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell when you need them? *Obscure movie reference alert!*

NEW YORK, New York (CNN) -- It was a scam involving green cards and greed, prosecutors said Thursday.

Dozens of young Eastern European women have been accused of marrying U.S. sailors not for love but for the right to stay in the United States. The sailors received marriage benefits they were not entitled to, court papers said.

In recent days, federal authorities have arrested 33 couples in eight states, including New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia and California, and charged them with marriage fraud.

One woman taken into custody Wednesday by U.S. marshals in Queens, New York, was found in an apartment with her boyfriend. Handcuffed and put into a police car, she denied the charge, saying, "It's not an illegal marriage."

Agents with the Naval Criminal Investigation Service said the sailors were in on the scam, which ultimately cost the Navy about $500,000. (H/T - CNN)

What the hell were these sailors thinking? I mean, really, who marries for a green card anymore? Well, okay, I guess if the woman was really, really, hot . . .

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