Brother of San Bernardino Terror Attack Gunman Pleads Guilty in Marriage Fraud Case

Syed Raheel Farook, left, is released on bail at the Riverside Federal Courthouse in April 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Syed Raheel Farook, left, is released on bail at the Riverside Federal Courthouse in April 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Syed Raheel Farook, whose younger brother was one of the two terrorists who killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino in December 2015, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy to commit a crime in relation to a marriage fraud case for which he was charged months after the attack.

FBI agents arrested Farook; his wife, Tatiana Farook; and her sister, Mariya Chernykh, in April on charges of marriage fraud. The charges stemmed from Chernykh’s marriage to Enrique Marquez, who was charged with buying weapons used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in the Dec. 2, 2015, attack.

Chernykh is a Russian citizen, and prosecutors said she married Marquez to obtain legal U.S. residency, even though the two did not live together and never actually had a marriage ceremony.

Syed Raheel Farook and his wife, Tatiana, helped the couple plan and execute the fraud, prosecutors said.

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