- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a Maine man to six months in prison for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and falsifying documents to mask the fraud.

Prosecutors say 48-year-old Sothy Khiev - who was convicted in February - paid another man $5,000 to marry his girlfriend so that she could legally enter the country. The girlfriend, Sophal Cheng, entered the country on a fiancé visa and married the man in Maine in 2007.

Authorities say Khiev also falsified documents - such as utility bills and letters of support - to conceal the fraudulent marriage and get Cheng’s immigration status adjusted.

Khiev, a Cambodian citizen, was sentenced on Wednesday. The judge also ordered that he be turned over to immigration authorities for deportation proceedings once his sentence is served.

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