Fort Bragg soldiers and citizens of Nigeria, Ghana face marriage fraud charges

Cumberland County News
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — Two Fort Bragg soldiers were indicted, along with a person each from Nigeria and Ghana, with marriage fraud and harboring an alien to enter the United States, officials said Friday.

The soldiers Edward Kumi Anguah, 39, and Kahmid Mohammed Murtada, 34, were indicted, according to a news release Friday from the United States Attorney Eastern District of North Carolina, 

Sulemana Ibrahim, 39, of Ghana, along with Kwaphoom Eugene Hoomkwap, 30, of Nigeria, were found in Cumberland County and also face charges, the news release said.

Anguah and Murtada were found in Cumberland County, according to the news release.

Authorities say the investigation began in December when a Homeland Security agent interviewed a private about having an affair with a single soldier while married to someone else. During that interview, the soldier confirmed that the marriage was fraudulent.

Court records show part of the deal called for the soldier to receive a basic housing allowance stipend, two months’ rent and furniture for a new off-post apartment.

All four are charged with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud, harboring an alien to come to the United States, visa fraud and false statement under oath.

The case was investigated by the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) in the Eastern District of North Carolina lead by Homeland Security Investigations.

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