Ketchum Marriage Scammers Plead Guilty
Two Peruvian nationals involved in a marriage fraud scheme in Idaho have entered guilty pleas. The U.S. attorney’s office says 30-year-old Jenny Sedano-Vilcapoma of Ketchum pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud while 36-year-old Rudy Isla-Mejico of Bellevue pleaded guilty to marriage fraud. Sentencing is set for April 30 in Boise. Federal prosecutors say in October 2006, Sedano-Vilcapoma agreed to enter into a fraudulent marriage with Anthony Scafidi and offered to pay him to help her obtain immigration benefits. Sedano-Vilcapoma filed citizenship paperwork in October 2007. Prosecutors allege that Sedano-Vilcapoma and Isla-Mejico helped arrange for a fraudulent marriage between Isla-Mejico’s sister and Joshua Bell. Isla-Mejico’s sister has not been charged. Scafidi and Bell also have been convicted.