Jacksonville brothers convicted of marriage fraud
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three local brothers will be sentenced for paying women to marry them so they could become American citizens.
Mowafak Shahla, Antoun Chahla, and Fadi Chahla were found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to enter into marriages for the purpose of evading U.S. immigration laws, making false statements to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and unlawfully attempting to procure naturalization and citizenship.
The men were convicted today. They each face five years in federal prison.The brothers, who are originally from Syria, paid thousands to two sisters and their sister-in-law.