San Bernardino gunman’s brother pleads guilty to immigration fraud

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By Dan Whitcomb | LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES The brother of the man who with his
wife killed 14 people in a shooting rampage at a government
building in San Bernardino, California, pleaded guilty to
immigration fraud on Tuesday in connection with his
sister-in-law’s marriage.

Syed Raheel Farook, 31, entered his guilty plea to a single
count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud during a hearing
in U.S. District Court in Riverside. He faces up to five years
in federal prison when he is sentenced in November.

Prosecutors have said that Farook lied on immigration
documents so that his sister-in-law, Mariyah Chernykh, could
engage in a sham marriage with Enrique Marquez, Jr.

Chernykh and Marquez are facing trial later this year on
immigration fraud charges in connection with their marriage.

Marquez is also accused of supplying Farook’s brother, Syed
Rizwan Farook, with two assault rifles that were used in the San
Bernardino massacre and with plotting with him in 2011 and 2012
to execute similar attacks that were never carried out.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29,
opened fire at a holiday gathering of Farook’s co-workers on
Dec. 2, 2015, killing 14 people and wounding 22.

Syed Rizwan Farook, the U.S.-born son of Pakistani
immigrants, and Malik, a Pakistani native he married in Saudi
Arabia in 2014, died in a shootout with police four hours after
the massacre.

Authorities have said the couple were inspired by Islamic
extremism. It was one of the deadliest attacks by militants in
the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked plane
attacks.



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