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Ukrainian Who Masqueraded As U.S. High School Student Sentenced To Prison


Artur Samarin admitted to lying about his age and masquerading as a teenager named Asher Potts while attending high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (file photo). 

Artur Samarin admitted to lying about his age and masquerading as a teenager named Asher Potts while attending high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (file photo). 

A Ukrainian man who lied about his name and his age while attending high school in the United States has been ordered to spend two months in prison on federal fraud charges.

A U.S. judge in Pennsylvania on November 17 sentenced Artur Samarin, 24, to two months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in August to charges of passport fraud and social security fraud.

Samarin admitted to lying about his age and masquerading as a teenager named Asher Potts while attending high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

He had been a well-liked student there and was accepted into a college in Florida before authorities discovered he was considerably older and was a Ukrainian citizen who overstayed a student-work visa.

Samarin faces up to 40 years in prison and possible deportation during sentencing scheduled for next week on separate fraud and sex crime charges.

He has pleaded guilty to several other felonies, including statutory sexual assault for having sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2014, when he was 22.

Based on reporting by AP and abc27.com
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