The director of a Baltimore travel agency and a minister who operated his church from his home were charged by a grand jury yesterday with conspiring to arrange fake marriages so aliens could bypass immigration quotas and remain in the United States.
The federal grand jury accused Othella Dixon, 60, of the A'Lete Travel Aglency, and the Rev. Joseph D. Jackson, 26, bishop of the Universal Kingdom of God Church here, of arranging four marriages with American citizens and charging the aliens between $250 and $800.
The indictments charge that Dixon, also known as Othella Naar, paid Jackson $100 for each citizen who agreed to marry an alien and that Jackson performed the marriages.
A benefit to an alien of such a marriage is that he or she gains permanent resident status and could become a U.S. citizen in only three years instead of waiting five years.
Indicted on perjury charges were Jean Robert Gilson, 29, of the 300 block of V Street NE, Washington, formerly of Haiti, and his wife, Thomasina Beard Gilson, 20, of Baltimore. They are accused of lying to the grand jury investigating the alleged marriage fraud.
The indictments accuse Gilson of telling the grand jury he had met his wife accidently on a train when, in fact, he had paid the travel agent between $300 and $500 to find him an American wife.
The grand jury also indicted Carlton Chinchuck, 41, a Trinidad native who now lives in Newark, N.J., on charges of perjury and subornation of perjury. He is accused of persuading his American wife, Margery, to lie about their marriage arrangement.
Paul Kramer, the assistant U.S. attorney who presented the cases to the grand jury, said more indictment can be expected.