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Man accused of marriage and visa fraud in Florida

Posted: 11:12 AM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 15:12:12Z
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 47-year-old Indian foreign national who lives in Florida has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit marriage and visa fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe said in a news release Thursday that Ravi Babu Kolla is being detained and a hearing has been set for May 22.

Keefe also announced that Kolla’s co-defendant 40-year-old Krystal Cloud was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison for marriage and visa fraud after pleading guilty in December. He said Cloud is a U.S. citizen who participated in a business with Kolla.

Kolla faces a maximum of five years in prison on marriage and fraud charges and 20 years for money laundering.