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Woman gets prison in green card marriage

May 01, 2008|From the Associated Press

A Russian woman who was found guilty of marriage fraud for paying a man to get a green card has been sentenced to four months in prison.

The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles says Yuliya Mikhailovna Kalinina, who also was convicted on one charge of aiding and abetting, was ordered Wednesday to begin her prison sentence May 19 and then serve four months of home detention.

Kalinina, who faced up to five years in federal prison, could be deported after she is released because she is a convicted felon.

Benjamin Adams, the man who responded to Kalinina's online ad offering prospective husbands up to $15,000 to marry her, was sentenced April 7 to two months in prison for marriage fraud and making a false statement.

Kalinina testified during her trial that she didn't know green card marriages were illegal.

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