By Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2020

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The older brother of the terrorist who carried out a deadly attack in San Bernardino five years ago was sentenced Monday to three years of probation for his role in arranging a fraudulent marriage.

Syed Raheel Farook was convicted of conspiring to help his wife’s Russian-born sister remain in the United States after overstaying her visa.

Farook was also ordered to undergo mental health treatment and pay a $100 fine, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

The crime was discovered during the investigation into the Dec. 2, 2015, massacre of more than a dozen people carried out by his younger brother, Syed Rizwan Farook, and his brother’s wife, Tashfeen Malik.

Monday’s sentence was the one sought by Farook’s attorney, Ron Cordova, the newspaper said. Farook received no money to participate in this fraud, Cordova said.

Farook declined to make a statement to the court.

The marriage conspiracy involved Farook his wife Tatiana, Tatiana’s sister Mariya Chernykh and Enrique Marquez Jr.

Raheel and Tatiana Farook took part in the sham by witnessing the Marquez-Chernykh wedding in November 2014, and then helping maintain the illusion that the two were living with them as a married couple. Court documents say Marquez admitted he was paid $200 a month to marry Chernykh. The marriage allowed her to apply for permanent residence.

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