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Group charged with marriage fraud scheme

Three Bahamians have been accused of a fraudulent marriage scheme aimed at getting status for Haitian immigrants.

Prosecutors say that Bradley Smith, 48, facilitated the alleged sham marriages of Willy Exama, 24, of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Bridney Johnson, 19, of Yellow Elder. He was also accused of facilitating the sham marriage between Anslene Nicolas, 23, of Greenwood Road, and Bernard Musgrove, 19, of Palm Beach Street.

Smith, of Moncur Alley, Exama, Johnson, Nicolas and Musgrove were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretenses and conspiracy to commit a fraudulent marriage.

Smith was charged with abetment to commit fraud by false pretenses and abetment to commit a fraudulent marriage.

Prosecutors allege that Exama and Johnson obtained their marriage license on May 21 through fraud by false pretenses, entered a fraudulent marriage on the same date and attempted to commit fraud by false pretenses when they applied for a resident spousal permit on July 11.

Nicolas and Musgrove allegedly got a marriage license on June 11 through fraud, entered a fraudulent marriage on the same date and attempted to obtain a resident spousal permit through fraud on July 11.

The accused denied the charges at their arraignment before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux and were remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services as the magistrate lacks jurisdiction to consider bail for the offenses.

Turnquest-Deveaux advised them of their right to seek bail in the Supreme Court and set a trial date of October 3 and 4.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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