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JP accused of marriage fraud scheme

A justice of the peace was yesterday formally accused of participating in a marriage fraud scheme.

Prosecutors have accused Kenneth Burrows, 60, of Blair Estates, of conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretenses, possession of false documents, conspiracy to commit a fraudulent marriage, abetment to make a false declaration for marriage and fraud by false pretenses.

Burrows allegedly helped Louizelien Louis, 39, of Union Village, obtain a marriage license.

It is further alleged that Louis possessed a false marriage certificate in his name and that of Indira Wilson in June 2017 and that he uttered a false document.

Louis, prosecutors allege, used the false marriage certificate for his application for a spousal permit.

Burrows is also accused of conspiring with unknown persons to commit a fraudulent marriage from October 1, 2018 to November 29, 2018.

He is also accused of attempting to commit a fraudulent marriage.

Burrows, like his co-accused, Louis, who was arraigned on Monday, denied the charges against him at his arraignment before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux.

Lawyer Calvin Seymour said that Burrows needed medical attention for pain to his left ear. He alleged he received the injury when police beat him at his office.

Turnquest-Deveaux refused him bail, as she has no jurisdiction to grant bail for the offenses.

The case has been adjourned to January 18.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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