A crime? yes. It is immigration fraud. The penalties are federal and include prison time.
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Do not even consider getting into any marriage fraud situation. Marriage fraud is an extremely serious offense which in part has potential criminal consequences equating to up to 5 years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines. You can do additional research by looking at the following regulation, 8 U.S.C. 1325(c). Again, this is not something you should even consider getting involved in.
Hendrik Pretorius, Esq.
Yes, it's a crime. You can go to Federal prison. The immigrant may also be prosecuted, and is almost guaranteeing that he'll be deported, and never be able to legalize. It's a bad idea all around.