Friday, January 9, 2009

Love for sale!


'A friend of a friend' has managed to make $12,000 by getting married to someone who was in need of a green card. Hmmmm $12,000!!!! I would only have to have got married and divorced 15 times and the debt would be all gone.

Err perhaps not...

"Just like the movie "Green Card" - where Gerard Depardieux and Andy MacDowell strike an accord to "marry" for convenience and citizenship, a Russian girl looking for an American greencard has been busted by INS.
Russian national Yuliya Kalinina, 24, is accused of placing an ad on Craigslist for a "Green Card Marriage."
Kalinina, 24, spelled out exactly what she was looking for in a husband in her Internet ad:
"Green Card Marriage -- Will pay $300/month. Total $15,000," the Russian national wrote in an ad placed on the Craigslist Web site. "This is strictly platonic business offer, sex not involved."
CNN reports the ad caught the attention of the man who would eventually marry her on February 17, 2006. But it also caught the eye of agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Kalinina, from Russia, and her husband, Benjamin C. Adams, 30, were arrested last week for what federal prosecutors allege was a sham marriage.
Robert Schoch, special agent in charge of ICE investigations in Los Angeles, said it is the first criminal case he is aware of in which people allegedly used the Internet to engineer a sham marriage for a green card.
Attorney Dale Rubin, who is representing Kalinina, said she didn't know it was illegal to marry for a green card, which he said was evidenced by the blatant language in her ad.
Adams' attorney, public defender John Littrell, declined to comment to the Los Angeles Times."

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