January 23, 2018
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Saco man sentenced to four months for paying woman to marry Ugandan native for US citizenship

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Saco man will spend the next four months in jail after he was sentenced Friday on a marriage fraud conspiracy charge.

Ronald Serunjogi, 35, was also sentenced to four months of home confinement and one year of supervised release in U.S. District Court, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty.

Serunjogi was found guilty of the marriage fraud conspiracy charge on May 1.

Serunjogi, a native of Uganda, paid a Lewiston woman to marry another Ugandan native, Sampson Sengoonzi, so Sengoonzi could become a legal United States citizen, Delahanty said.

Immigration authorities immediately detected the fraud, denied the application and referred the matter to the district attorney’s office for a criminal investigation.

Sengoonzi has since been convicted for his role in the scheme and deported.

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