Norfolk man convicted of visa fraud, witness tampering

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NEW BERN. N.C. (AP/WAVY) — A federal jury has convicted a Norfolk man on visa fraud charges related to a sham marriage to an Army soldier, and trying to obstruct the testimony of a witness.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said that Joshua Ghana resident Kwame Asane, 46, was convicted by a federal jury in New Bern, North Carolina, on Friday.

Evidence revealed that the marriage between Asane and a U.S. soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was arranged by Asane’s brother, Ebenezer Asane.

The couple were married in Cumberland County, North Carolina.

Back in July 2020, he was indicted for for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud, visa fraud, false statements in immigration proceedings, and tampering with a witness.

He pleaded guilty to commiting marraige fraud and is awaiting sentencing.

Documents showed that the couple submitted fraudulent applications to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requesting Asane’s adjustment of status as a lawful permanent resident.

Both attested under oath they were married in good faith, but the interview revealed evidence of fraud, and the case was referred to other agencies.

In a split decision the jury found Asane guilty of visa fraud, false statements in immigration proceedings, and tampering with a witness, and not guilty of conspiracy and marriage fraud.

Asane faces maximum penalties of 25 years and a fine of $250,000 for his convictions of visa fraud, false statements in immigration proceedings, and witness tampering. Sentencing is set for the court term beginning on Sept. 7.

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