A Nepalese man is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fine and years in jail for attempting to obtain US green card through a false marriage with a woman from Hampden, Maine.
Eilove Shrestha has been charged with “one count each of marriage fraud and conspiracy to commit marriage fraud” with 28-year-old Morena Mushero from Hampden, a Maine city. Ms Mushero is already in jail but for separate state charges, it is understood.
The two met through a marriage website where Ms Mushero had placed an advertisement offering to enter marriage for money with someone seeking US green card, the website of a Maine newspaper said citing court documents.
Mr Shrestha was apparently charged in US District Court in Bangor back in November but the case was sealed until his arrest in California last week. According to the report, he appeared in the Federal Court in San Jose on January 11 and was released on a $50,000 unsecured bail.
Mr Shrestha allegedly flew to Bangor on June 24 last year after he made contact with the “bride” through email. When he flew back to North Carolina on June 26, he had already married Ms Mushero for an agreed payment of $13,000, Bangor Daily News said yesterday.
Between his visit to Bangor and end of July, the Nepalese man allegedly paid over $3,000 to Ms Mushero as per their understanding of making payments in installments.
Homeland Security investigators began looking for Mr Shrestha after Morena Mushero talked about the sham marriage during her investigation on separate state charges, the news report said.
Mr Shrestha reportedly entered US in 2015 on a six-month tourist visa and currently lives in Cupertino, California.
The 27-year-old Nepalese man would face his arraignment in Bangor on January 28. If convicted of the federal charges, he faces imprisonment of up to five years and a maximum fine of $250,00, Bangor Daily News said.