Soldiers Indicted On Marriage Fraud

A soldier and a former soldier from Fort Bragg have been indicted on federal charges that they married Russian women to boost their housing allowances and obtain U.S. citizenship for the women.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday the four were indicted on marriage fraud charges in July, along with two brothers accused of arranging marriages for fees.

Wesley Farris is the soldier and Stephen Schneider is the former soldier. Court documents don't include their units and rank. The documents say they married the women in 2005 and that the Army Criminal Investigations Division alerted federal agents last year.

Farris' court-appointed lawyer, Todd Conormon of Fayetteville, wouldn't talk about the case. The newspaper said it was unclear if the other defendants have lawyers.

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  • by Mom Location: NC on Sep 24, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    How did they figure that one out? How can the soldiers get in trouble when they have mail order brides from that country trying to get men to buy them tickets to get to America? They don't get in trouble! I promise you, they are not 'in love' either, just desperate. One for companionship and the other for Americanship. Those relationships don't usually last either. I hate to say it but the soldiers are just being singled out on something that happens every single day.
  • by American Location: NC on Sep 23, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    The husband is AMERICAN. Explain that Outerbanker. I agree with "also enc." The photographer used bad models.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Sep 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    I guess they were "Russian" to get married.
  • by outerbanker Location: outerbanks on Sep 23, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    in russia they wear their wedding rings on right hand
  • by also enc Location: enc on Sep 23, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    the picture is not reversed - look carefully at hands - picture is showing the rings on the right hands - the models used the wrong hands
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Sep 23, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    enc: Maybe rings on wrong hand cause this was JUST WRONG lol
  • by enc Location: enc on Sep 23, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    picture placed reversed...rings on wrong hand as shown

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