BANGOR — A 32-year-old Lewiston woman has been sentenced to 6 months in prison for setting up fraudulent marriages between Maine residents and immigrants who were seeking to become legal residents of the United States.

Torri Roy Patterson was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Patterson was the first of several Mainers expected to be sentenced for their roles in setting up sham marriages. According to court documents, she married a Kenyan man in 2003 and later recruited others to participate in the scheme.

Judge John Woodcock said he reduced Patterson’s sentence because she cooperated with federal prosecutors and testified last month in Portland against ringleader Rashid Kakande of Woburn, Mass., who was convicted by a jury and is awaiting sentencing.


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