Three relatives of the San Bernardino terrorists who killed 14 folks in December at a Southern California social providers constructing had been arrested Thursday on federal conspiracy, marriage fraud and false assertion costs, the FBI introduced. The arrests don’t seem to bear a direct connection to the fear assault, however middle on a 2014 marriage-for-citizenship rip-off allegedly carried out by Enrique Marquez and Mariya Chernykh.
“While investigating the terrorist attack, federal agents obtained official records showing that Marquez, a former neighbor of Syed Rizwan Farook’s, is married to Chernykh,” the U.S. legal professional’s workplace mentioned in an announcement. “The investigation determined that Marquez agreed to marry Chernykh so she could obtain immigration benefits that were not available to her because she is a Russian citizen and did not have legal status in the United States.”
Chernykh paid Marquez to enter into the “sham marriage,” the US Attorney mentioned. Marquez is already in jail and awaiting trial for conspiring with one of the San Bernardino attackers, Syed Rizwan Farook, in terror plots that by no means materialized.
Federal court docket paperwork obtained by FoxNews.com tied to Marquez’s case present each he and Farook abruptly halted plans for a twin terror assault in 2012. In that assault, Marquez and Farook allegedly deliberate to make use of pipe bombs and two AR-15 rifles “to maximize the number of casualties” at Riverside City College, a close-by establishment they attended, and on state Route 91, a busy freeway with few exits the place motorists are continuously caught in heavy gridlock.
Marquez can be accused of supplying weapons to Farook and his overseas bride Tashfeen Malik earlier than the Dec. 2 assault, that additionally left 22 injured.
Marquez’s spouse, Mariya Chernykh, 26, is charged with fraud and misuse of visa, permits and other paperwork. She’s additionally accused of perjury and two counts of making false statements to federal brokers.
“FBI agents interviewed Chernykh as part of the investigation into the IRC terrorist attacks, and she allegedly made false statements that she lived with Marquez at Syed Raheel Farook and Tatiana Farook’s residence in Corona,” the US Attorney mentioned.
Tatiana Farook, 31, Chernykh’s sister, and her husband Syed Raheel Farook, 31, who can be Syed Rizwan Farook’s brother, had been additionally arrested. Chernykh and Tatiana Farook are Russian immigrants.
The FBI mentioned in an announcement that Tatiana and Syed Raheel Farook “participated in the [marriage] conspiracy by, among other things, witnessing Marquez ad Chernykh’s wedding, taking staged family pictures of Maruqez and Chernykh” and other actions.
All three had been indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on 5 counts and shall be arraigned in court docket on Thursday.