In deceit proposal: Feds say man wed stranger to stay in US

By The Canadian Press
March 8, 2019 - 8:00am

RALEIGH, N.C. — Prosecutors say a couple was panhandling along a North Carolina road when a foreigner pulled over with a proposal for the woman: Marry him so he could stay in the country, and they'd receive $12,000 along with payments for a house and car.

Citing court records, The News & Observer reports that 31-year-old Melissa Anne Godshall accepted the offer from 44-year-old Levan Lomtatidze, a native of the country of Georgia. Her boyfriend, 46-year-old Robert Kennerly, served as a witness during the marriage ceremony.

The U.S. attorney's office says all three are now indicted on charges involving marriage fraud. News reports didn't include comments in their defence.

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