An Immigration and Naturalization Service employe was arrested yesterday on charges that he conspired from 1980 to 1982 to sell more than 200 official "green cards" granting permanent residency to aliens.
In a sealed indictment returned Friday in U.S. District Court here and made public yesterday, Tyson Jolliffe, 46, of Sterling was charged with conspiracy, bribery, making false statements and aiding and abetting.
Jolliffe, who was arrested about 4 p.m. at INS headquarters, 425 I St. NW, pleaded not guilty.
Jolliffe's wife, Carol A. Jolliffe, 47, of Leesburg, also was indicted on Friday, but was not arrested. U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene set a hearing for Friday for both defendants.
According to the indictment, Tyson Jolliffe, a second INS employe, Ronald Stanley, and three others solicited money from aliens in New York; Miami; Hollywood, Fla.; Atlanta, and Washington in exchange for the residency documents.
The grand jury charged that the group falsified INS forms sent to the agency's processing center in Arlington, Tex., where the green cards were issued. Tyson Joliffe, a computer systems analyst at INS headquarters here, allegedly monitored the progress of the paperwork through agency computers.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert R. Chapman said the Jolliffes profited by about $50,000 from the alleged scheme.
A codefendant, Michael W. Pioso, pleaded guilty yesterday before Judge Greene to conspiracy to pay bribes to immigration officials and submitting false documents. Greene set sentencing for Feb. 13.
Two others, Kewley Piper and Seyfu Alemu, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe last April in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Stanley, also an INS systems analyst, was named in a criminal information filed here in December, Chapman said.
In the Washington area, Chapman said, the documents, which commanded prices of $500 to $750, were sold in Alexandria, Arlington, Silver Spring, Prince George's County, Oxon Hill and the District.