TOPEKA, Kan A Topeka man has pleaded guilty to arranging fraudulent marriages for foreign nationals who wanted to become United States citizens.
Quong Bow Low, 75, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Topeka to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. In his plea, he admitted that from 1992 to 2013 he facilitated fraudulent marriages between U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Investigators identified approximately 40 arranged marriages in which he was involved. Foreign nationals used the marriages to obtain, or attempt to obtain, status as lawful permanent residents.
Low’s services included locating a U.S. citizen to participate in the fraudulent marriage, providing documentation in support of the marriage, and instructing the foreign national and the citizen on the immigration interviews they would face with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Low provided one client with a price list including $6,000 to $7,000 to begin the process and find a U.S. citizen who would participate in the fraudulent marriage, $500 per month between the marriage and the interview to keep the U.S. citizen involved, $6,000 to $8,000 for coaching and services related to the permanent residency interview and a final lump sum of several thousand dollars when the client received permanent residence status.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1, 2014. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.