- Trial of Liberian national Prince Mark Boley began on Monday in Rhode Island
- He married US citizen Amanda Hames-Whitman at a family court in 2016
- She was showing immigration official their texts when notification appeared
- Steamy text from another man cast doubt on their claim of true love
A steamy text message at the most inopportune moment has sparked a federal marriage fraud trial in Rhode Island.
Prince Mark Boley, a Liberian national living in Providence, went on trial starting on Monday for charges of marriage fraud, presentation of a perjured document, and false statements.
Boley married U.S. citizen Amanda Hames-Whitman in 2016 in a civil service in family court, according to court documents reported by the Boston Globe.
In June 2017, Boley and Hames-Whitman visited a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in so Boley could apply for a green card and permanent resident status.
But while Hames-Whitman was showing an official text messages from Boley on her phone to prove their relationship, in popped one from ‘Chriss’ saying ‘we had the best sex ever.’
‘Whitman admitted having sex with Chriss about a month before the interview,’ the court documents said.
‘Both Boley and Whitman were nervous and evasive and presented little documentation of a genuine marriage. The matter was referred to the USCIS fraud detection unit for further inquiry.’
Investigators visited the couple’s purported shared apartment and noted that Boley’s name was not on the mailbox or the lease. They found only three articles of men’s clothing and no men’s toiletries, prosecutors said.
Hames-Whitman cracked and admitted that Boley did not live with her, and agreed to cooperate with investigators, according to the prosecution.
She turned cooperator and was ultimately not prosecuted after coming clean to investigators.Prosecutors say that she insisted that she was not offered money to participate in the alleged sham marriage, saying she did it because she thought Boley was a ‘nice guy.’ ‘She did not think it would do any harm,’ the court filing said. Boley’s attorney declined to comment to the Globe because the case is pending.
He faces a maximum prison term of five years on each count if convicted, according to legal filings.