- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - Six people have been indicted in an alleged Houston marriage fraud scheme involving Nigerian nationals and efforts to bypass U.S. immigration laws.

A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in Houston names three men and two women, who remain in custody.

Prosecutors say another woman, Anisha Nicole Gable, is considered a fugitive in the investigation into sham marriages.

All six suspects are charged with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Three defendants are charged with aiding and abetting marriage fraud. Two defendants are also accused of committing marriage fraud.

Investigators say Houston residents were recruited and paid to marry Nigerian nationals, who had entered the U.S. on tourist visas. The six suspects include two couples who allegedly married for immigration-only purposes, to try to obtain legal permanent residence status for the foreigner.

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