Fourteen people on Thursday were charged with marriage and immigration fraud charges, accused of exploiting a law that benefits Cubans living in the United States.
Odalys Marrero, 51, and Rolando Mulet, 62, both of Kendall, were charged with conspiring to recruit six Cuban immigrants living in South Florida to marry six non-Cuban Hispanics. The latter were seeking legal residency in the United States.
The undocumented immigrants agreed to pay a fee to enter into the “fraudulent marriages,” which would give them the same rights as the Cuban immigrants, prosecutors said. Cubans automatically qualify for lawful residency after living in the United States for a year.
“These arrests serve as a reminder that America’s legal immigration system is not for sale,” said Alysa Erichs, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Miami.