Friday, July 29, 2011

Men sentenced in ‘sham marriage’ case

Federal judge orders fines, probation and community service


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The Idaho U.S. Attorney's Office reported last week that two men have been sentenced to probation, fines and community service in a federal "sham marriage" case investigated in Blaine County.

Sentence was pronounced July 20 in U.S. District Court in Boise for Joshua Lee Buell, 29, of Ketchum, and Daniel Casado, 33, formerly from Ketchum and now of Austin, Texas.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Buell was sentenced to five years probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to provide 60 hours of community service. Casado was placed on probation for five years, fined $3,500 and also ordered to provide 60 hours of community service.

In plea agreements with the U.S. Attorney's Office, both men pleaded guilty on May 9 to the misdemeanor crime of aiding and abetting making false statements in an application for immigration registration.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office reported that both men admitted to entering into "sham marriages with Peruvian women with the sole purpose of assisting the aliens to obtain an immigration benefit."

The U.S. Attorney's Office reported that neither man lived with the women he married and they were paid between $3,000 and $5,000 for illegally tying the knot.

The case was investigated the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The marriages occurred in 2006 and 2007.

A third defendant in the case, Byron Thomas Bain, 33, of Friday Harbor, Wash., earlier pleaded guilty to the same misdemeanor crime and was sentenced in federal court on May 16. He was fined $3,500. A judgment document regarding Bain did not state why he received a lesser sentence.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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