A former federal immigration employee was sentenced Wednesday to two and a half years in prison for his part in a phony green card scam that charged immigrants up to $16,000 each for marriages that would let them stay in the United States.
Prison sentence for brother in Queens green card scam
Philip Browne, a former district adjudication officer with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence M. McKenna in Manhattan.
Prosecutors said the conspiracy made more than $1 million for the scam's organizers.
The sentence followed guilty pleas in September by Browne and his sister, Beverly Mozer-Browne.
Prosecutors said the scheme resulted in the issuance of hundreds of green cards for customers of Mozer-Browne's Queens business between 2001 and 2006.