One of our many informants has told us of a different wrinkle in the marriage-related immigration fraud business. This story involves bi-national bigamy, the alien’s Texas lawyer whose cell phone was seized by DHS, an old man conned into marriage by his much younger illegal-alien caregiver, and his will being changed to benefit the alien.
And apparently two different rounds of the same fraud by the same alien woman.
The cast of characters includes:
- A seemingly prosperous 89-year-old citizen resident of Texas, now dead;
- His surviving daughter, our informant;
- A 43-year-old female alien (once illegally present) from Zimbabwe;
- Her Zimbabwean husband (or ex-husband); and
- The follow-on citizen victim, another 80ish (and late) husband.
We have no names, but the story sounds all too true. We are going to call the illegal alien Ms. Z; the first dead citizen, Mr. Smith; his daughter Ms. Smith, the Zimbabwean spouse, Mr. Z; and the follow-on citizen victim Mr. Jones. This is their story:
Mr. Smith’s wife was ill, and he hired a caregiver from an unnamed local agency; they sent Ms. Z. Mr. Smith’s wife died, Ms. Z then declared (at age 43) that she was in love with him. They married, despite the objections of the Smith family, with Mr. Smith living just long enough to file papers for her that gave her a temporary green card, and to change his will, leaving a substantial amount of his estate to his new bride.
Meanwhile, Ms. Smith tells us, Ms. Z was still married to Mr. Z, a prosperous resident of the home country — neither husband knowing of the other. Somewhere along the line, Ms. Z got a questionable divorce in Texas from the man in the home country — questionable because, according to Ms. Smith, the alien used the law office address of her lawyer as her residence, when she actually lived in another county. The lawyer, meanwhile, George Anibowei, had his cell phone seized by DHS on one his trips through an airport and he sued a couple government agencies and lost (see here, here, and here).
Ms. Smith is convinced that Ms. Z was guilty of bigamy. She tells us that Ms. Z then conned another elderly, well-to-do citizen, Mr. Jones, into marriage; he died in April.
Ms. Smith, who writes a totally coherent email message (unlike some of the other victims we deal with) foresees no government action against Ms. Z but warns elderly citizens, and their prospective heirs of such marriages.
In this case, unlike many others, there was no possibility of a State Department official noticing something wrong, because Ms. Z was already in the country when she married Messrs. Smith and Jones, so she did not need a visa for either marriage.
Ms. Smith did not discuss her father’s will with us, but I wonder if it can be broken given the facts in the case. We may never know.