The trial of a woman accused of organizing a plot to kill a man who paid her take part in a green card marriage with his brother began this week in Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Post.
Shanika Robinson reportedly became enraged after Shahabuddin Rana, the owner of the restaurant Pizza Mart, refused to continue paying her a $500 per month fee after discovering she was cheating on his brother. Robinson married Rana’s brother, who was a Pakistani national, so he could receive US citizenship.
The newspaper reports that immigration officials caught on to the scheme, after which Rana called Robinson and told her he wasn’t going to pay her “to have sex with other men.” Robinson, who was reportedly facing eviction from her Capitol Heights apartment, then devised a plan with her younger brother, Leon Robinson and a boyfriend, Isiah Genus, to “frighten” Rana into continuing the payments.
The trio broke into Rana’s pizzeria late on the night of August 18, 2009 when he was working the overnight shift. Robinson reportedly convinced Rana to let her through the front door, after which the two men pushed their way inside and proceeded to stab him and hit his head with a hammer. During the attack, Robinson stole $2,000 in cash.
Robinson and her brother are facing first degree murder charges. Genus plead guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy.
Marriage to an American citizen is the most common way to obtain permanent residency or US citizenship. The Center of Immigration Studies reports that more than a quarter of green cards issued in 2007 were to the spouses of American citizens.