Federal agents arrested the brother of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook on charges of lying to government investigators and marriage fraud, authorities said.
Syed Raheel Farook and his wife, Tatiana Farook, were taken into custody Thursday and charged in a five-count indictment accusing them of entering into a fraudulent marriage. Also arrested was Farook's sister, Mariya Chernykh, and her husband, Enrique Marquez Jr., who face the same charges.
Marquez had earlier been charged with providing a weapon used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife during their deadly December attack at the Inland Regional Center in California. He pleaded not guilty in that case.
While investigating the terror attack, federal agents said they discovered Marquez was paid money to marry Chernykh, who wanted to gain legal entry to the U.S., according to the Los Angeles Times.
FBI agents questioned her after the terror attacks and she lied to investigators, saying she lived with Marquez when she was really residing in a different city, according to the indictment.
“This is the latest step in the comprehensive investigation into the horrific attacks in San Bernardino last year that took the lives of 14 innocent Americans and deeply affected so many more,” U.S. Atty. Eileen M. Decker said in a statement.
“As I have said previously, we owe the victims, and the entire community of San Bernardino, a thorough investigation that uncovers all criminal activity surrounding these events,” she said.
Husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot to death 14 people in a conference room, where they had gathered for a holiday party.