A federal court jury will decide the fate of a Brockton-area businesswoman and a German nanny who allegedly colluded with a former Brockton police officer in a sham marriage scam to help the nanny bypass immigration restrictions.
The jury began deliberations in the case just after noon today, following more than two hours of closing arguments in US District Court.
In court, a federal prosecutor painting businesswoman Maura Carney as the “mastermind” behind the scheme.
Carney, 46, is the daughter of Raynham Racetrack owner and prominent businessman George Carney. She allegedly recruited Lon L. Elliott, 48, a former Brockton police officer, to marry Lilly Rempel, 29, a former nanny for her brother, to help Rempel stay in the country legally.
“It was her idea,” Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey Cohen said. “She participated in it, because she masterminded it.”
Elliott was fired from his Brockton job last year for racist comments he made against a black man he falsely arrested for debt he owed to the race track, according to court records.
He has already pleaded guilty in the case, and he was the government’s key witness in the trial. He is expected to be sentenced at a later date and his cooperation in the trial could mitigate any jail sentence.
But attorneys for Rempel and Carney described Elliott as a corrupt cop who is bending to pressure from the government to belittle his marriage.
“Simply because Lon Elliott said something happened does not mean in life it actually happened,” said Robert Goldstein, a lawyer for Carney. “You don’t invent conversations when you’re telling the truth.”
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