Mexican actress sentenced in marriage fraud case

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Posted: Apr 25, 2011 5:57 PM
Mexican actress sentenced in marriage fraud case

A Mexican actress accused of entering a sham marriage to remain in the United States has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for admitting she lied during an immigration proceeding.

U.S. District Judge Manuel Real on Monday sentenced both Fernanda Romero and her husband, Kent Ross, to 30 days in jail that will be served on weekends. The pair had entered guilty pleas to making false statements and faced five years each in federal prison if convicted.

Romero and Ross were arrested last year on suspicion of duping immigration officials about their marital status. A mistrial was declared in September.

Romero had bit roles in U.S. films such as "Drag Me To Hell," but is perhaps best known for appearing in the Mexican soap opera "Eternamente Tuya."