BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman who federal prosecutors say helped arrange 28 sham marriages to obtain immigration benefits for non-citizens has pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors say one of the sham marriages was between Stephenson and a U.S. citizen. Stephenson is from Jamaica.
Officials say she introduced the couples, organized the marriage celebration and ceremony and coached them on how to make their relationship and marriage appear real.
She would charge up to $20,000 to fill out immigration paperwork and complete the process. Stephenson faces up to five years in prison.