Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Syrians Charged with Marriage Fraud

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Syrians Charged with Marriage Fraud

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Four Syrian men and one woman living in Jacksonville after immigrating to America were charged Thursday with marriage fraud and lying to the immigration services office.

Three Syrian brothers - Mowafak Shahla, Fadi Chahla and Antoun Chahla - were arrested Thursday on charges of marrying, respectively, Victoria Knight, Brenda Pettit, and Genetta Knight, in exchange for money, then lying to U.S. immigration officials, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Victoria Knight pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to conspiracy to make false statements to a government agency, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Genetta Knight pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, make false statements to a government agency and mail fraud. Pettit pleaded guilty the following day to the same charges.

Officials are still searching for Fadel Chahla and Nuhad Numan, parents to Mowafak Shahla, Fadi Chahla and Antoun Chahla.

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