WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal jury must decide whether a Jamaican woman accused of entering into a “sham marriage” with a Kansas soldier wed for love or immigration purposes.
Federal prosecutors contend Shannakay Hunter married a 23-year-old Army private stationed at Fort Riley in a scheme whereby he would get military benefits available to married soldiers and she would get legal immigration status.
She faces trial Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud and making a false statement to the government.
Prosecutors say the union was never consummated and the couple never lived together. The defense contends she married Joshua Priest because she loved him.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and wire fraud and is expected to testify against her. His sentencing is in October.