Under normal circumstances, Rhode Island woman Amanda Hames-Whitman might have been pleased to receive a text from her boyfriend saying they had "the best sex ever." At the time the text from "Chriss" arrived, however, her phone was in the hands of an immigration agent trying to determine whether her marriage to another man was genuine, the Providence Journal reports. Hames-Whitman had given the agent her phone to show texts as evidence the relationship was real. She eventually admitted the marriage was a sham. Liberian national Prince Mark Boley, the man she married a year before the immigration interview, was convicted Thursday of lying to immigration officials and providing false information on immigration documents. Boley, a 30-year-old international soccer player, could face up to five years in prison on each charge when he is sentenced in November.
Hames-Whitman was interviewed separately from Boley when they visited a US Citizenship and Immigration Services so he could apply for permanent residency. Officials say they gave different answers to key questions, including ones on where Boley lived and where he had slept the previous night, the Boston Globe reports. "Both Boley and Whitman were nervous and evasive and presented little documentation of a genuine marriage," the agent said in a report. Hames-Whitman admitted that Boley had left some clothes at her home and had mail sent there so he could pretend they lived together. She was granted immunity from prosecution in return for testifying against her husband. She told authorities that she met Boley through his niece and agreed to marry him so he could stay in the US because he was a "nice guy," but no money changed hands and they never had a relationship. (Read more Rhode Island stories.)