PORTLAND, Maine — A native of Uganda was convicted Wednesday by a jury in U.S. District Court of marrying a Maine resident in order to become a U.S. citizen, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Ronald Serunjogi, 35, of Saco was convicted of marriage fraud conspiracy following a three-day trial.
The jury deliberated for about 2½ hours, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey Neumann, who prosecuted the case.
The Serunjogi case was unrelated to the broader marriage fraud conspiracy that involved more than two dozen defendants in Maine and Massachusetts, the prosecutor said Thursday.
A sentencing date has not been set for Serunjogi.
Serunjogi and Sampson Sengoonzi, 30, formerly of Biddeford, paid Alice May, 28, of Lewiston to marry Sengoonzi, according to a press release issued Thursday by the U.S. attorney’s office. Immigration officials detected the fraud.
Sengoonzi pleaded guilty to a marriage fraud charge in March 2012 and was sentenced to one month in prison. He was deported after his release, according to the release.
May pleaded guilty to marriage fraud conspiracy in October 2011. She is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in federal court in Portland. May testified against Serunjogi, according to court documents.
She and Serunjogi each face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.