Feds charge ‘parents’ of Ukrainian man who faked age for high school

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Dauphin County couple who claimed a Ukrainian man was their adopted son, while he posed as a Harrisburg High School student, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Stephayne McClure-Potts, 51, and her husband, Michael McClure-Potts, 60, are charged with harboring an illegal alien from March 2013 through August 2015, according to U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler.

Both were arrested Friday morning and released on unsecured bail.

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

The grand jury alleges Stephayne McClure-Potts provided false information to Social Security on numerous occasions with the intent to obtain a social security card with a fictitious identity for Artur Samarin, a 23-year-old Ukrainian man in the country illegally on an expired visa.

The grand jury further alleges that McClure-Potts confiscated Samarin’s passport and immigration documents for labor and services and threatened to have him deported.

The couple also faces fraud charges filed by Dauphin County prosecutors in August. Authorities said they fraudulently took more than $13,000 in public assistance by claiming Samarin as their son on forms for food and medical assistance.

Samarin used the name Asher Potts to attend Harrisburg High School for four years. He pleaded guilty in August to federal charges of passport fraud and Social Security fraud.

He also pleaded guilty to separate fraud and sex charges in Dauphin County Court. He admitted in court to lying about his identity and to having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

In previous interviews with abc27 News, the couple said they were unaware of Samarin’s true age, and they denied Samarin’s accusations that he was forced to work for them.

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