JP fined over marriage fraud
A justice of the peace who admitted to participating in a marriage fraud scheme was yesterday ordered to pay $14,000 in fines to avoid serving two years in prison.
Kenneth Burrows, 60, of Blair Estates, pleaded guilty to charges 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 when he appeared before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux.
The virtual complainant in the case, Indira Wilson, learned she was married to a Haitian man last December when she went to register her baby’s birth.
The matter was reported to police and investigators charged Wilson’s “husband”, Louizelien Louis, 39, of Union Village, and Burrows.
Burrows allegedly helped Louizelien Louis, 39, of Union Village, obtain a marriage license.