Dearborn — A local businessman was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for operating an immigration fraud ring inside one of his restaurants.
Hussein “Sam” Nazzal, 59, the former owner of the Shish Village restaurant and the G&S Development real estate company, both in Dearborn was sentenced to 33 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Marianne O. Battani, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.
“Fraud schemes undermine the integrity of our immigration system, and make it harder for legitimate applicants to obtain immigration benefits,” said McQuade in making the announcement of Nazzal’s sentence.”
McQuade was joined in the announcement by Giovanni Tiano, special agent in charge of the Detroit Division of the Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General, and Paul Abbate, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Detroit.
Nazzal pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to defraud the United States. The charges and conviction were the result of Nazzal’s role in brokering three separate false marriages between U.S. citizens and Lebanese nationals to obtain immigration benefits by fraud, according to McQuade.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Nazzal faces sentencing on convictions for multiple counts of bank fraud, commercial bribery and obstruction of justice. He will be sentenced on those convictions Nov. 18 before U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson
Two of the individuals involved in the scheme also were convicted. Two other participants in the fraud were deported to Lebanon.