Shelton man gets probation for immigration marriage scam

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - The U.S. attorney's office announced that Shelton man has been put on probation in a marriage immigration scheme.

Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced that Eloy Daniel Nevarez Andazola, 40, a resident of Shelton, Nebraska, was sentenced February 9, 2018, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to two years probation, and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, by United States District Judge John M. Gerrard, for False Swearing in an Immigration Matter.

Andazola, born in Mexico, was married in 1997, in Gosper County, Nebraska, to a United States citizen. The two never resided together, and Andazola used the sham marriage to further his pursuit of obtaining permanent legal status in the United States.

Andazola admitted he knowingly made a false statement when applying for status as a lawful permanent resident of the United States: 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.”

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.