Ketchum woman pleads guilty to marriage fraud

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by Associated Press

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Posted on September 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

BOISE -- A Romanian national who previously lived in Ketchum has reached a plea agreement on a federal marriage fraud charge.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson says 31-year-old Ramona Alina Fenesan pleaded guilty Monday to unlawful procurement of citizenship.

The plea agreement says Fenesan entered into a fraudulent marriage with a U.S. citizen in October 2003 for the purpose of evading immigration laws. Court records say Fenesan was granted permanent residence status in April 2004 and became a naturalized citizen in June 2007.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 5 before U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Boise. The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.

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