Couple who lied to authorities in Nebraska are deported

Jan 13, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two people from the African nation of Benin are being deported after lying to authorities.

The office of U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Cossi Deguenon married a U.S. citizen in 2011 and applied to become a permanent resident as the spouse of a citizen. Immigration authorities later concluded the marriage was a sham. The investigators learned that Deguenon had married fellow Benin citizen Micheline Bolarywa after obtaining a marriage license in Douglas County in 2009.

Immigration agents also learned that Bolarywa lied about being a U.S. citizen when she applied for a job.

Deguenon pleaded guilty to marriage fraud and was sentenced to the nine days he'd served in custody. Bolarywa pleaded guilty to lying under oath and was sentenced to the six days she'd served in custody.

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