A Shelton resident born in Mexico has been placed on two years’ probation and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine for lying about a sham marriage he arranged to pursue permanent legal status in the United States.
The United States Attorney’s Office reports federal District Judge John Gerrard sentenced Eloy Daniel Nevarez Andazola for false swearing in an immigration matter.
Andazola was married in 1997 in Gosper County, Nebraska.
Federal prosecutors say the two never lived together and that Andazola used the fraudulent marriage to further his pursuit of obtaining permanent legal status in the United States. Andazola confessed to making a false statement when applying for lawful status in the country. He answered “no” to the question of whether he had “committed, assisted in committing, or attempted to commit a crime or offense for which he was not arrested,” and answered “no” to the question whether he had “married someone in order to obtain an immigration benefit.”
Homeland Security Investigations worked the case.