Federal officials say a married Missouri lawyer offered an engaged-to-be-married Missouri teacher $36,000 to marry the lawyer’s Ukranian lover so she wouldn’t have to leave when her student visa expired.
The Post-Dispatch reports the deal came crashing down when the teacher’s old fiancée blew the whistle.
Now federal officials in St. Louis have charged the Ukrainian woman, 38-year-old Dar’ya Chernova, with immigration fraud and with lying to an immigration official. She pleaded not guilty last month. There’s no indication in court records that the teacher or lawyer face charges.
Authorities say the lawyer fathered both of Chernova’s children and was a witness when Chernova married witnessed the teacher in March 2005. The lawyer then represented the teacher in a bankruptcy and child custody case. On the other side in that case. . .the jilted fiancée.
Bob Hamilton, KMOX News