Craigslist and Marriage Fraud – Russian Woman’s Choices and Consequences Says Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher

As the week draws to a close I must say I will enjoy this last blog – late on a Friday night – about choices and consequences. Seems that a Russian woman advertised on Craigslist for a husband. Oh, bad move, as the US Attorney’s office on February 6th issued a news release that she had been convicted of federal charges.

Yuliya M. Kalinina, 25, of Marina Del Rey, was guilty of marriage fraud and aiding and abetting the making of false statements.

The man she married – Benjamin C. Adams, 30, a U.S. citizen who resides in West Los Angeles – pleaded guilty last month to marriage fraud and making false statements.

O.K. so what happened here it too funny. According to the news release:

The evidence presented at the trial showed that Kalinina came to the United States in 2003 on a visa, which expired in October 2003. Kalinina posted 12 advertisements on craigslist in late 2005 and early 2006. In her advertisements, Kalinina said she sought to marry a United States citizen for the purpose of obtaining permanent resident status. Kalinina offered her would-be spouse as much as $15,000, stating: “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.”

In January 2006, Adams responded to Kalinina’s advertisements on Craigslist and agreed to be part of the sham marriage. Approximately one month after their first email exchange, Kalinina and Adams were “married.” Kalinina’s live-in boyfriend, Dmitri Chavkerov, an Internet-ordained minister, conducted the ceremony. Kalinina later leased a new Ford Mustang for Adams.

A government witness testified that Kalinina proposed a marriage of convenience to him, but he refused, explaining to her that such a marriage would be illegal. The evidence at trial also showed that Kalinina entered into another sham marriage in Las Vegas in early 2005, but that marriage was annulled about three months later.

Kalinina is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Walter on April 28. She faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

Adams is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Walter on April 7. He also faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Every choice has a consequence. Likewise, there are folks who fall into the dumb and dumber category as criminals. So, here we have someone who desperately wants to stay in this country. So much so that she posts her desperate cry for help on the public domain – Craigslist. Now I don’t know about you, but advertising for something illegal seems – well dumb to me. Although I have surfed Craigslist and been amazed at what is offered. I must assume prostitution is legal as much as is being offered for hire by the hour. Go figure.

Hum…here’s a great question. If she is sentenced to 10 years in prison, is that actually the fate she was seeking? She gets to stay in the US – be housed – be fed – well you get the picture. Guess this is a different twist on ethics and ethical choices.





2 Responses to Craigslist and Marriage Fraud – Russian Woman’s Choices and Consequences Says Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher

  1. Dustin says:

    I wouldn’t exactly call that humorous, more like tragic. Prison is torture – human beings are NOT supposed to be caged like animals. We need to seriously evaluate the reasons we are putting so many non-violent offenders in jail. Deportation, a fine, and being barred from the country forever would have sufficed in Kalinina’s case. Fines and house arrest would have been sufficient in the husband’s situation. We need a paridigm-shift in this country regarding our incarceration rate – the highest in the WORLD – and fast!

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