American married six African women he didn’t know in ploy to get immigration benefits

A Massachusetts man was sentenced to two years of probation for marrying six African women in an attempt to be eligible for immigration benefits from the U.S. government, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman of Boston on Tuesday ordered probation for Peter Hicks, 57, of Worcester, Mass., instead of prison time after the government had asked for an 18-month term.

Hicks was arrested and charged in January after federal investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations office determined he had married six noncitizens from sub-Saharan African countries between 2003 and 2013.

He pleaded guilty in September to one count of marriage fraud because the…

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