Authorities say two former paratroopers and three Russian women face prison for their roles in a marriage scheme at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Authorities say each side had something to gain. The men got $600 monthly housing allowances and the ability to live off-post. The women were seeking U.S. citizenship.
Now, each faces up to five years in federal prison.
Court documents show the couples were matched by two brothers who charged the women thousands of dollars. The brothers are being held in Edgecombe County and await trial.
Prosecutors say the marriages cost the government at least $200,000 in wages and benefits.
Attorneys for the former soldiers and the women did not comment.
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