Weather Forecast


Hockey Day is coming to Bemidji; 13th annual event set for winter 2019

Penn. man admits role in arranging fraudulent marriages

ST. PAUL (AP) -- A Philadelphia man admits that he helped recruit dozens of people in Minnesota and other states to enter fraudulent marriages with Chinese nationals.

Le Guo Wu pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in St. Paul to one count of conspiracy.

Court records say the 31-year-old Wu has offered Americans between $13,000 and $25,000 to marry Chinese citizens so they could enter the U.S. and obtain residency papers. So far, authorities have identified more than 70 suspect immigration petitions tied to the marriage fraud ring.

Wu says he tried to recruit at least three Minnesota women. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Official declined to comment on the case.