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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