JACKSON, Miss. — A Georgia lawyer and a Mississippi police officer are among 19 people indicted on charges that they committed visa or marriage fraud to allow Indian men to obtain legal status in the United States.
The indictments, unsealed Thursday in Jackson, allege that Ivory Lee Harris, while a Jackson police officer, prepared a series of false crime reports that allowed the men to qualify for nonimmigrant visas available for victims of certain crimes.
Prosecutors also allege that four female U.S. citizens entered into sham marriages to help Indian men obtain legal status, usually in exchange for money.
The indictments allege that Simpson Lloyd Goodman, a Waynesboro, Georgia, lawyer helped submit fraudulent immigration papers.
The men are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday. It’s unclear if any have lawyers to speak for them.