Not guilty plea entered in internet marriage case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

There are a lot of men who have met their wives on the Internet. But in this case, it's ending up in court.

A man has pleaded not guilty to marriage fraud charges after he got hitched to a Russian woman who allegedly advertised herself online so she could get married and obtain U.S. immigration status.

The man, Benjamin Claude Adams, is charged with marriage fraud. He is also charged with making false statements to federal agents and aiding and abetting a criminal act.

Prosecutors say Adams answered an ad on Craigslist posted by the Russian woman, who was living in Marina del Ray, California.

The ad read: "Green Card Marriage -- Will pay $300/month. Total $15,000. This is strictly platonic business offer, sex not involved."

The woman pleaded not guilty last month to federal charges of marriage fraud. Her attorney has said she didn't know it was illegal to marry for a green card, which he said was evidenced by the blatant language in her ad.

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