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Fort Bragg soldiers indicted in marriage and immigration fraud sting

Two Fort Bragg soldiers and two African immigrants were indicted Thursday by a North Carolina grand jury, according to a release from the state’s Eastern District U.S. attorney.

Sgt. Edward Anguah and Spc. Ahmid Mohammed-Murtadaas, along with Nigerian citizen Kwaphoom Hoomkwap and Ghanaian citizen Sulemana Ibrahim, face federal charges stemming from a ring of soldiers who attempted to pair up female soldiers with foreign citizens, exchanging legal residency for Army marriage benefits and cash.

“The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations,” according to the release. “The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.”

An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security kicked off in December, after Army officials notified federal agents that a female soldier at Fort Bragg had entered into a contract marriage, arranged by other soldiers, with a Ghanaian immigrant.

Pvt. Endasia East had been under investigation for an inappropriate relationship with another soldier in the 7th Air Defense Artillery Brigade when she told an Army Criminal Investigation Command special agent that her marriage was a sham.