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Cuban woman marries 10 foreigners to help them get papers, feds say

Authorities say Yosandra Piedra Vasquez took money for fraudulent marriages

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MIAMI – A South Florida woman from Cuba is facing federal charges after she married 10 foreigners in exchange for payment, authorities said.

According to an indictment, Yosandra Piedra Vasquez first married a non-Cuban alien on Jan. 23, 2002, in Miami-Dade County.

File: Indictment for Cuban cousins accused of fraudulent marriages

She is accused of marrying nine others in Georgia, and in Miami-Dade and Broward counties through July, 28, 2010.

Authorities said Piedra Vasquez's cousin, Yoel De Moya Lozada, helped recruit men for Piedra Vasquez to marry and took photographs of them together to make it appear as though they were in a legitimate marriage.

The duo then instructed the men to file fraudulent applications seeking lawful permanent resident status as the spouse of a Cuban citizen under the Cuban Adjustment Act.

It's unclear how much money the men were charged for the marriages.

Piedra Vasquez and De Moya Lozada are charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, and conspiracy to encourage and induce an alien to reside unlawfully in the U.S.

They both face up to 15 years in federal prison if convicted.


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