‘Adoptive parents’ of fake student charged with fraud

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The adoptive parents of a Ukrainian man who posed as a Harrisburg High School student are accused of fraudulently taking more than $13,000 in public assistance.

Stephayne and Michael Potts each face two counts of fraud. According to court documents, the couple claimed a teen named Asher Potts as their son on forms requesting public food and medical assistance.

artur_samarin_0In reality, Asher Potts is Artur Samarin, a 23-year-old Ukrainian man illegally in the country on an expired visa.

Charging documents filed with Dauphin County courts allege the couple knowingly misrepresented Samarin’s real identity and made numerous false statements to the Dauphin County Assistance Office.

From March 2013 through March 2016, the Potts are accused of receiving $5,307 in SNAP assistance and $8,346 in medical assistance they were not entitled to.

Samarin, who lived with the Potts, hid his true age and identity to attend high school. He recently pleaded guilty to state and federal charges. related to the case.

Based on court documents, the Potts have not yet been arrested. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 6.

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