San Bernardino shooter’s brother held with 2 others
LOS ANGELES– Three people linked to the couple responsible for December’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California were arrested on Thursday on conspiracy, marriage fraud and other charges unrelated to the massacre, US prosecutors said.
The trio included Syed Raheel Farook, whose brother Syed Rizwan Farook and sisterinlaw, Pakistan- born Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in a rampage authorities have said was inspired by militants.
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All three pleaded not guilty and will be released on bond, Los Angeles US Attorney’s Office spokesperson Thom Mrozek said.
Lawyers for the three did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Officials said the charges stemmed from an immigration- related investigation that came out of their probe into the massacre.
US Navy veteran Syed Raheel Farook, 31, his wife, Tatiana Farook, 31, and her sister Mariya Chernykh, 26, were arrested after being charged with conspiracy to make a false statement to immigration officials while under oath, the attorney’s office said.
The investigation found that in 2014 Enrique Marquez, who had been a friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, allegedly agreed in return for payment to marry Chernykh, a Russian citizen, so she could apply for permanent US residency status, charging documents stated. Chernykh also was charged with fraud and two counts of making material false statements to federal agents.