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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Stephayne Potts, the woman who, along with her husband Michael, acted as adoptive parents to fake-student Artur Samarin, went to the FBI a couple months ago and told federal authorities everything she knew about the 23-year-old Ukrainian who had been living with them, according to the couple’s attorney, Corky Goldstein of Harrisburg.

Potts has spoken to the FBI at least once since Samarin moved out of their Harrisburg home in late 2015. She was concerned about issues related to Samarin’s immigration status, Goldstein said.

The Harrisburg-based attorney met with Michael and Stephayne Potts for 90 minutes on Tuesday night. The couple sought Goldstein after expressing concern over a possible arrest. Goldstein expects Stephayne Potts to be arrested soon, but does not know when or what charges could be filed. Goldstein will be representing the Potts’ on a pro bono basis.

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