January 20, 2015

New Haven Man Involved in Marriage Fraud Scheme is Sentenced

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SYED NAQSHBAND, 33, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for his role in a marriage fraud scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between July and August 2013, NAQSHBAND persuaded a female friend, who is a U.S. citizen, to travel with him to Pakistan and marry his nephew so that the nephew, a citizen of Pakistan, could enter the U.S. NAQSHBAND offered to help pay the woman’s travel expenses and assured her she would not have to live with his nephew once they returned to the U.S.

The scheme was disrupted just before the planned travel when the woman, accompanied by NAQSHBAND, applied for a U.S. Passport and the U.S. Passport Office alerted the FBI of certain suspicious observations.

On October 31, 2014, NAQSHBAND pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the U.S. Passport Office, Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Office of Fraud Detection and National Security. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry K. Kopel.