A U.S. District Court judge yesterday imposed sentences on four Iranian Americans involved in a scheme to submit false documents to U.S. officials on behalf of about 300 Iranians seeking residency here.
Judge John H. Pratt of Washington sentenced Shams Din Javid, 48, of Falls Church to five years in prison and $180,000 in fines. Javid was convicted in April of 17 counts of filing false documents with Immigration and Naturalization Service officials and of bribing an immigration examiner to approve the fraudulent applications.
Javid's sister-in-law, Kheiri Javid, 30, of Los Angeles, who was convicted of two counts of filing false documents, was sentenced to three months in prison and $10,000 in fines. Two others, Shams Javid's sister, Ashraf Tiller of Arlington and Zahed Rashidi, 43, of Fairfax, both of whom pleaded guilty to roles in the scheme, were sentenced to serve terms of probation.
A federal grand jury also indicted Hassan Hadj Mohammadi, 28, of Bethesda in a scheme that the panel said involved payment of fees of up to $30,000 by Iranians seeking residency. Mohammadi has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe an INS official and to filing false documents, and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
Former INS official Jerry Kenneth Hirsch, who was an immigration examiner in the Washington district office, was indicted in February. Hirsch pleaded guilty last month to one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery, and is to be sentenced next month.