- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Prosecutors say a man accused of arranging sham marriages for people living in the country illegally has been sentenced to serve nearly six years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 51-year-old Rex Anyanwu of Lithia Springs was sentenced Wednesday to serve five years and 10 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Anyanwu was also ordered to pay $6,000 and was stripped of his U.S. citizenship.

Prosecutors say Anyanwu arranged fraudulent marriages for at least 11 years from 2001 through his arrest in 2012. Prosecutors say he paid U.S. citizens to marry people living in the country illegally, primarily Kenyans and Nigerians.

In addition to arranging the marriages, prosecutors say Anyanwu also provided fraudulent documents required by immigration authorities.

Anyanwu was found guilty on multiple charges in November.

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