The FBI is reportedly investigating allegations that Somali-born U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) married her brother in order to help him obtain a green card so he could remain and study in the United States.
In October, FBI agents met with a “concerned party” who handed over documents detailing Omar’s marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009 while discussed ongoing claims that have circulated for months, the New York Post reported.
The two FBI agents assigned to look into the allegations said they planned to share whatever information they discovered with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency as well as the U.S. Department of Education.
However, they did not commit to opening an investigation into the controversial congresswoman herself, the paper said, quoting sources.
If it turns out that she did marry her brother, Omar could be found guilty of committing marriage fraud — a felony offense punishable with a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
The three government agencies would not confirm the existence of any ongoing or potential investigation.
Omar’s office did not respond to request for comment from the Post but she has repeatedly denied the allegations — calling them “disgusting lies.”
The Blaze first reported the investigation was taking place.
The news site noted that Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R) previously filed a complaint with the Minnesota District of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The office, which is headed by U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald, appointed last year by President Donald Trump, directed the FBI to look into the allegations.
An FBI special agent in charge formally met with Rep. Drazkowski, and others, in mid-October to receive a prepared file of evidence and related information, The Blaze reported.
“In October, the FBI SAC stated that the wide range of criminal activity suggested by the evidence against Rep. Omar may lead the FBI to expand the review to other federal departments,” The Blaze reported.
“In such situations, the SAC continued, the FBI often acts as a hub — sharing evidence, or coordinating a joint investigation, with several other investigative agencies.
The Blaze reported that Omar and her husband settled in North Dakota from the UK shortly after they married in 2009. She received her degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo in 2011, the same year that both of them permanently separated, according to the congresswoman’s own admission.
“The marriage’s start and end coincide with the start and end dates of Omar’s NDSU enrollment,” the website noted.