Ukrainian Man Who Posed as Pa. High School Student Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges


A 23-year-old Ukrainian man who faked his name and age while attending a Pennsylvania high school has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Artur Samarin entered the pleas to passport fraud and Social Security fraud on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to separate fraud and sex charges in Dauphin County Court earlier this month. Authorities say he admitted to lying about his identify to secure a free public education and having sex with an underage girl.

Prosecutors say Samarin could be deported.

While attending John Harris High School, Samarin called himself Asher Potts. He impressed teachers and community leaders before authorities concluded he was considerably older and overstayed a visa.

Authorities say Samarin told a detective in February he had sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 22.

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