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Carpentersville woman faces federal witness tampering charges

Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 3:45 p.m. CST

A Carpentersville woman has been indicted on two witness tampering changes, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Enkhchimeg "Eni" Ulziibayar Edwards allegedly tried thwart an investigation of a sham marriage that took place a decade earlier.

Edwards, who is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at O'Hare International Airport, arranged for a Mongolian citizen to marry a friend of hers who is a U.S. citizen. The couple married in July 2003 in Las Vegas, and shortly after the Mongolian citizen applied for U.S. citizenship, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

After the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requested additional information the couple failed to provide, the couple stopped pursuing the U.S. citizenship for the Mongolian citizen, and the naturalization petition was rejected, the news release said.

The couple divorced in May 2004.

In January 2013, federal authorities began investigating the role Edwards played in the marriage of the couple, the news release said.

On two consecutive days during the investigation, Edwards attempted to persuade the U.S. citizen from giving information to law enforcement relating to a federal crime, the news release said.

Edwards faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each witness tampering charge.

The charges were a result of an investigation by the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service Chicago office. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Homeland Security Inspector General assisted in the investigation.

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