According to the U.S. Attorney’s California office, three people with family connections to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters in the deadly terrorist attack at the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center in December were arrested this morning on federal conspiracy, marriage fraud and false statement charges.The arrest includes Syed Raheel Farook who is Syed Rizwan Farook’s brother.
“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. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement.
The warrants relate to the questionable marriage between Mariya Chernykh, and Enrique Marquez in November 2014. Marquez has already been charged with a sham marriage. Prosecutors say they didn’t live together and that she was paying him $200 a month.
The marriage allowed her to stay in the country.
In December, a grand jury indicted Marquez was charged with conspiring with Syed Farook to plan terror attacks in 2011 and 2012, years before Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at the Inland Resource Center in San Bernardino on Dec. 2.
Prosecutors say there’s no evidence Marquez was aware of the attack, however he was accused of purchasing the two guns used in the deadly shooting rampage.
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This story originally appeared on NBCNews.com.