Grandmother gets 44 months in green-card scam

DALLAS (AP) - A Fort Worth grandmother has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for running a scheme in which her family members married foreigners seeking to stay in the United States.

Maria Refugia (reh-FYOO'-yah) Camarillo (kah-mah-REE'-yoh) used a walker during her court appearance Wednesday.

The woman was given 44 months after pleading guilty in July to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with immigration documents. She faced up to five years.

Federal prosecutors say Camarillo arranged the green-card marriages for more than two decades. She recruited her children, nieces, nephews, and even her three teenage grandchildren to be the American spouses of would-be immigrants.


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