A Jordanian man living in Lafayette pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to entering into two fraudulent marriages within two years, both in an attempt to skirt U.S. immigration laws.

According to a press release issued this afternoon by U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s Office, Emad Edin Yousef Abdallah, 29, of Jordan, appeared earlier today before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik, where he pleaded guilty to marriage fraud.

The release continues:

[Abdallah] admitted that he entered into two fraudulent marriages to change his immigration status and evade the immigration laws of the United States. The March 3, 2009 marriage ended in divorce in June 2010, and Abdallah married another woman on June 27, 2011. He admitted that the second marriage also took place in part to change his immigration status and evade immigration laws.
With a sentencing hearing set for July 12, Abdallah now faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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