High school student impersonator Arthur Samarin sentenced in federal court

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Arthur Samarin

HARRISBURG, Pa. –  Arthur Samarin, a Ukrainian native who posed as a student at Harrisburg High School, will spend time in a federal prison. A federal judge handed Samarin a two month prison sentence today that will run concurrent to any sentenced handed down in Dauphin County Court next week.

Samarin used the the alias Asher Potts, while attending Harrisburg High School from September 2012 through December 2015. The 23 year old Samarin also allegedly had sex with a 15 year old girl while he was pretending to be a student.

Indicted by a federal grand jury on May 25, for passport fraud and social security fraud, Samarin plead guilty in late August to both charges before U.S. Middle District Judge Sylvia Rambo.

Samarin also pleaded guilty in August in state court to statutory sexual assault, identity theft, and tampering with records, and conspiracy with his foster parents to commit those theft related offenses. He is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges in Dauphin County Court at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22.

In addition he faces a real chance of being deported upon completion of his prison sentences.

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