Boston Cab Dispatcher and Wife Sentenced for Marriage Fraud Scheme

Date Published: 
December 21, 2016
News Type: 
Press Releases
Program Area(s): 
Public and Indian Housing

BOSTON – A Boston Cab dispatcher and his wife were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with arranging a sham marriage for an Ethiopian relative so he could obtain legal status in the United States.

Girma Tilahun, 61, a dispatcher for EJT Management, Inc., which operates Boston Cab, and his wife, Wudnesh Wolde, 54, both of Cambridge, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to two years of probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. They were also ordered to pay $234,987 in unpaid federal income taxes, interest and penalties, and $62,340 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Section 8 housing subsidies that they received but were not entitled to.   In August 2016, both defendants pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting marriage fraud....