Ukrainian man who faked age for high school gets 2 months on federal charges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A 24-year-old Ukrainian man who admits he masqueraded as a teenager to attend Harrisburg High School will spend two months in a federal prison on federal charges of passport fraud and social security fraud.

Artur Samarin was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo. He pleaded guilty to the charges in August.

Artur Samarin (submitted)

Rambo ordered the sentence to run consecutively to any sentence Samarin may receive on state charges. He faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced next week in Dauphin County Court, where on Aug 8. he pleaded guilty to six felony counts including statutory sexual assault, tampering with public records, identity theft, theft by unlawful taking, and conspiracy.

Authorities say Samarin was 19 years old when he used falsified documents and the name Asher Potts to enroll as a freshman at the high school. They say he also had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student in 2014 when he was 22 years old.

In a telephone interview with ABC27 News, he said he was just seeking a better life.

Stephayne and Michael Potts during an April interview with ABC27 News. (WHTM File)
Stephayne and Michael Potts during an April interview with ABC27 News. (WHTM File)

The Dauphin County couple who claimed Samarin as their adopted son, Stephayne and Michael Potts, face state fraud charges for allegedly taking more than $13,000 in public food and medical assistance and federal charges of harboring an illegal alien.

Stephayne Potts faces additional federal charges of social security fraud and confiscating a passport for forced labor and services.

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