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feet Bragg soldier, wife fined $10,000 for sham marriage

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A Fort Bragg soldier and his wife are accused of being involved in a sham marriage in exchange for $10,000.

US Attorney Michael Easley of North Carolina’s Eastern District says the Fort Bragg Criminal Investigation Department received a tip in February 2019 that Samuel Agyapong, a Fort Bragg soldier, agreed to marry Barbara Oppong, a 43-year-old Ghanaian citizen living in New York, in exchange for the money.

According to court documents, Agyapong agreed to receive $10,000 upfront, although he knew he would also receive additional basic housing benefits from the army because he had a dependent spouse.

Oppong got her green card in January 2015 through the “sham marriage”.

US prosecutors said Oppong later applied for US citizenship. Since their marriage, court documents state the couple has received approximately $110,000 in unearned BAH benefits.

Other evidence presented at the trial showed that Oppong lived in New York, while Agyapong lived in a house he bought in Fayetteville. A lawyer argued they hardly saw each other.

In addition, attorneys said Oppong’s filing omits the fact that she had two children with another man.

Agyapong was tried separately in a previous trial. He was found guilty and sentenced to 18 months in prison and more than $110,000 in damages.

Oppong faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for the Nov. 15 court term.

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Dais Johnston

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