- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on immigration fraud indictments (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

A man facing federal charges in an immigration case is no longer working as a police officer in Mississippi’s capital city.

Ivory Lee Harris pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and fraud charges that he created false crime reports to help a group of Indian men qualify for visas. He was among seven people to enter similar pleas.

Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green says Harris’ last job with the department was as a patrol officer. Green says she does not know when he left the job.

Nineteen people were indicted on charges that they committed visa or marriage fraud to obtain legal status. Others live in Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas.

Prosecutors also allege that four female U.S. citizens took money to enter sham marriages to help Indian men obtain legal status.

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5:30 p.m.

A Mississippi police officer is pleading not guilty to charges that he created false crime reports to help a group of Indian men qualify for visas.

Ivory Lee Harris was among seven people to plead not guilty in Jackson Thursday to federal conspiracy and fraud charges.

A total of 19 people were indicted on charges that they committed visa or marriage fraud to obtain legal status. Others live in Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas.

Simpson Lloyd Goodman, a lawyer who formerly practiced in Jackson, is accused of helping the men submit fraudulent immigration papers.

Prosecutors also allege that four female U.S. citizens took money to enter sham marriages to help Indian men obtain legal status.

It’s not clear how the Indian men are linked.

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12:30 p.m.

A Georgia lawyer and a Mississippi police officer are among 19 people indicted on charges that they committed visa or marriage fraud to allow Indian men to obtain legal status in the United States.

The indictments, unsealed Thursday in Jackson, allege that Ivory Lee Harris, while a Jackson police officer, prepared a series of false crime reports that allowed the men to qualify for nonimmigrant visas available for victims of certain crimes.

Prosecutors also allege that four female U.S. citizens entered into sham marriages to help Indian men obtain legal status, usually in exchange for money.

The indictments allege that Simpson Lloyd Goodman, a Waynesboro, Georgia, lawyer helped submit fraudulent immigration papers.

The men are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday. It’s unclear if any have lawyers to speak for them.


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