Federal phony marriage deal set to go to court

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonKalinina offered her would-be husbands up to $15,000, prosecutors said. The ads purportedly read: “Green Card Marriage — Will pay $300/month Total: $15,000” and “This is strictly platonic business offer, sex not involved. NOT required to live together.” Adams responded to Kalinina’s advertisements in January 2006 and agreed to enter into the sham marriage, prosecutors said. One month later, the pair were married in a ceremony performed by Kalinina’s live-in boyfriend, Dmitri Chavkerov, an Internet-ordained minister, prosecutors said. Later, Kalinina allegedly leased a new Ford Mustang for Adams. Adams and Kalinina were arrested on Nov. 29 at their respective homes by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Kalinina pleaded not guilty on Dec. 17 to the federal charges filed against her. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 30-year-old West Los Angeles man who allegedly was given access to a leased Ford Mustang for marrying a Russian national seeking permanent resident status is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court today. Benjamin Claude Adams, a U.S. citizen, is expected to enter a formal plea in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles. He is charged with marriage fraud, making false statements to federal agents, and aiding and abetting a criminal act. If convicted of the marriage fraud count alone, he faces up to five years in federal prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that Adams met Yuliya Mikhailovna Kalinina, a 25-year-old Russian national living in Marina del Rey, on the popular Web site Craigslist. In late 2005 and early 2006, Kalinina allegedly posted eight advertisements on the Craigslist Web site saying she wanted to marry a U.S. citizen solely to obtain permanent resident status, according to federal prosecutors. last_img

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