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Mass. Man Pleads Guilty to 6 Sham Marriages



    Mass. Man Pleads Guilty to 6 Sham Marriages

    A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to entering into six sham marriages with foreign women over a 10-year period to help them skirt U.S. immigration laws.

    The Telegram & Gazette reports that 58-year-old Peter Hicks pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to marriage fraud. Sentencing was scheduled for December.

    Federal prosecutors say Hicks, of Worcester, married the women from sub-Saharan African nations between 2003 and 2013 and filed for immigration benefits for four of them. Some were in the U.S. illegally.

    He told investigators he participated in sham marriages arranged by others for money, and said he was paid to recruit others to do the same.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    He said outside court he is "very remorseful," and was motivated by "easy money" and a desire to better the lives of the women.

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