Anyanwu, 36, claimed on his permanent residency
application that he was married to a U.S. citizen, without notifying his so-called "wife." He turned in a sham marriage certificate to the Alameda
County Recorder's Office and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
His plan bombed when the "wife" found
her name was on a marriage certificate on file in Alameda County. Congratulations were not in order.
It gets better. Anyanwu is seemingly part of a proud family of hucksters
-- the third to be convicted after a federal jury trial before Judge
Charles Breyer, in fact. His sister, Linda Ngozi Ashiegbu, was found guilty of
making a false statement on an immigration document in December 2008.
Another sister, Doris Akuyoma Anyanwu, was nailed for conspiracy and two
counts of making false statements after a trial in 2008. (Both women
have appealed.) Emmanuel was arrested while hiding in Doris' apartment
in May 2009.
A jury found him guilty on all counts of immigration fraud,
conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, and was sentenced on