3 sentenced for roles in marriage fraud conspiracies

4 years 6 months 1 week ago Tuesday, January 26 2016 Jan 26, 2016 Tuesday, January 26, 2016 7:52:24 AM CST January 26, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Jefferson City attorney was among three people sentenced in two separate marriage fraud conspiracies.

James Douglas Barding was sentenced Monday to one month in prison and a year of supervised release. Prosecutors say he persuaded a U.S. citizen to marry Darya Chernova, a Ukranian citizen with whom Barding was having an affair. The couple had two children.

Chernova, who currently lives in Chandler, Arizona, was sentenced Monday to three years of probation.

In a separate case, Patricia Anne Ewalt, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced Monday to three years of probation. She pleaded guilty in August 2015 to marrying Oleksandr Nikolayevich Druzenko, a Ukrainian citizen, solely to allow him to stay in the U.S. Druzenko was sentenced in November to time served. He has returned to Ukraine.

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