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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Tampa woman sentenced for marriage fraud

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A Tampa woman was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Thursday for arranging fraudulent marriages to enable Jamaican citizens to obtain U.S. residency and citizenship.

Cassandra Hamilton, 55, pleaded guilty April 15 to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

According to court documents, Hamilton was paid for her involvement in arranging more than 10 marriages between U.S. and Jamaican citizens over several years.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“Hamilton conspired to circumvent and exploit our nation’s immigration laws for personal financial gain,” said Susan L. McCormick, special agent in charge for ICE’s Tampa office. “Her crimes have also resulted in Jamaican nationals who are now permanently barred from obtaining lawful permanent status in the United States.”

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