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Ukrainian in Harrisburg who faked age pleads guilty to fraud

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 24, 2016 4:11 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Artur Samarin arrives for preliminary hearing at a District Judge office Thursday, March 24, 2016 in Harrisburg.

(Harrisburg) -- A 23-year-old Ukrainian man who faked his name and age while attending Harrisburg high school has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Artur Samarin has entered the pleas to passport fraud and Social Security fraud. 

He pleaded guilty to separate fraud and sex charges in Dauphin County Court earlier this month.

Authorities say he admitted to lying about his identify to secure a free public education and having sex with an underage girl.

Prosecutors say Samarin could be deported.

While attending John Harris High School, Samarin called himself Asher Potts.

He impressed teachers and community leaders before authorities concluded he was considerably older and overstayed a visa.

Authorities say Samarin told a detective in February he had sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 22.

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