A California woman was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday for running a fake marriage scam with her father to enable Chinese nationals to obtain immigration visas. Federal officials said Lynn Leung, 44, and her 67-year-old father, Jason Shiao, over nearly a decade organized more than 70 phony marriages for Chinese nationals who paid up to $50,000 for their services in order to obtain a permanent resident visa, or “green card.”
Shiao, who posed as an immigration attorney, and his daughter — both of whom have pleaded guilty in the case — paired customers with US nationals who were in need of money and in some cases even homeless, federal investigators said. The pair went to great length to deceive authorities, staging wedding photo shoots and organizing fake honeymoons, authorities said. They also coached couples on how to avoid detection by immigration authorities.