Man accused of faking marriage to become U.S. citizen

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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A citizen of Azerbaijian who tried to become a U.S. citizen through a false marriage was sentenced Thursday to five-and-a-half months behind bars.

Adil Alakbarov had been living in Cheektowaga and went to great lengths to try to convince an immigration officer his marriage was valid. But the marriage was a sham, and Alakbarov didn’t even live with his purported wife.

When he learned he was going to be charged, Alakbarov fled to Mexico. He was arrested as he attempted to board a plane bound for Turkey.

Alakbarov was convicted of making a false statement on an immigration document. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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