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Victim Describes Romance Scam by "Elena Barykina"

Dear Mr. Mark Hutten,

I have just found your web site: and finally felt that maybe there was a way to have my voice heard and hopefully get something done and this girl stopped. Arrested would be great. I tried talking to the police in Simferopol Crimea Ukraine, but naturally not being able to speak Russian and non of the police speak English I found myself all alone.

I met this girl on a dating site (Dream Marriage) in 2009. I met her the first time in Kiev March of 2010. During all this time from then to now I have grown to love this person with all of my heart and it was not hard. I have taken her to many cities and countries and have paid her way to many singing contest and performances along with visa cost and travel for her alone when I could not fly to her. I have treated this girl as a princess and as my wife as she has promised great love and marriage.

I have supported her as a good husband would do and have showered her with many gifts of gold and diamonds and even a complete wedding set that she wore and can see in many of her advertisement posters for the concerts. I have just returned from Ukraine and it was not a pleasant trip for me and the cost to come home early was not good either. Do to some documents Elena had sent to me about a school in Illinois I have learned of another man and when asking of this was ashore it was nothing that he was just a friend and performer. During this trip I confronted Elena of this person and told her I had met him and spoken with him then the truth came out. I was devastated.

I have learned that all during this two years I have been sending her money by wire transfer as she as requested she is also doing the same to many other men. It was all a fraud from the beginning. The part that makes this the worst of all is that Elena Barykina used a child to capture my heart as we made this child our God daughter. With this event Elena knew she would have my financial support for ever as we now have a family or we have a God daughter together. I have given to Elena Barykina $57,752.00 USD to date and I am still adding up the receipts for all the travels we have taken together. NO, I have never had sex with this women as this is something that to me is sacred and saved for marriage. This was great for her as she was getting all for nothing. I was paying for her advanced schooling in Music and her master’s degree as we were waiting until she could finish all school in this field then bring her to the USA for greater English schools.

She has cried out many times of her rent to be paid and food to eat. Books to buy, etc. All during this time proclaiming her love and marriage to me soon and at the same time sleeping with another. I have the pictures of them two together but have not pictures of other men. This all goes in much deeper detail and I fear to write all at first as it may take many letters.

She has in her possession $15,000.00 worth of gold and diamond jewelry that I do want back and it would be nice to get as much of my money back as possible. I had no idea I was being scammed as I believed in this girl with all of my heart and she knew this. This is a very cruel thing to do to a person. My first thought upon arriving back home was to put an end to myself, but I was feared of not hitting the right spot and the pain would be bad. You get the idea!!! I do not believe she understands just how serious this is and what could happen to a man that experiences this kind of pain.

I have all documentations from the bank of all wire transfers. Receipts of travels, flights, cruises, hotels pictures of her passports if it will help.

She has just moved to Kiev to return to school that I have paid for and she wanted me to buy her apartment for the next 3 months in Kiev, but after her confession to me I packed my bags and departed. The laptop she carries belongs to me and the camera she carries was paid for by myself. She has just started a job at the art school in Kiev teaching children to sing is what she has posted on face book.

Now that I have told her she would receive no more funds from myself she has blocked me from seeing her post and from all contact. I do not know were in Kiev her new apartment is located. I will put on this letter links to the school or you can look at her profile on face book and find most of her details. Thank you very much and please tell me something if you will. Sincerely, David S.


elena said...

A letter to this man from Elena's mail address:

Re: ))
От кого:Елена
Кому:David Sartin

9 июля 2011, 15:05
David...I understand how it's difficult to you to realise that I cannot be your girlfriend. Please understand this. I am so sorry.. I try to offer all that I can - my friendship..I cannot give you more..Sorry..

david77560 said...

From: Елена (
Sent: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 4:03 PM
Subject: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't have money on my phone to answer to you..( And I cannot open yahoo i don't know why..
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got your sms!
I hope you and I will have very nice trip in Europe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kiss you many many many times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

С уважением, Елена Барыкина

david77560 said...

-------- Пересылаемое сообщение --------
От кого: English Center USA
Кому: Елена
Дата: 14 июня 2011, 01:51
Тема: Re: taking part in program

Dear Elena,
Thank you for your interest in joining English classes at English Center USA. We received your emailed I-20 application and bank statements. We would be most pleased to have you join us as at student at English Center USA. We do have a question about your financial documentation, as we are required to make sure that you can afford tuition, housing, personal expenses, and the overseas flight. If you could please send a more recent bank statement showing more funds available to you, that would be helpful. The U.S. government requires that you show proof that you have enough money to support yourself while living and studying in the U.S. We calculated that you have approximately $3222 USD in your personal bank accounts as of April 2011. The bank statement from PNC Bank shows that your friend Arkadiy G Ovrutsiy had $4503 USD as of March 29, 2011. Please send a copy of a more recent statement (from May or June) for Arkadiy Ovrutsiy's account.

If you produce evidence that your own personal bank account has at least $7000, then the government will allow us to issue you an I-20 for your F-1 visa without a financial sponsor. Or, if you do not have this amount in your own bank account, then you need a financial sponsor. If you produce a more recent copy of your financial sponsor's bank account, with additional funds, then we can review this again prior to sending you an I-20. Your financial sponsor's account should have enough money for BOTH you and your financial sponsor to live on for at least one semester. I hope this helps to clarify the government's requirement for proof of funding.

Here is some additional information about English classes.

English Center USA has been offering quality ESL instruction to international students, spouses, scholars, visitors, and their friends for many years. We have one of the smallest class sizes, with the best, most personal attention from our expert faculty instructors. Students are happy with the very friendly, non-threatening learning environment and more affordable tuition. English Center USA is the only school which allows you to join classes at any time during the semester. More information is attached to this email.

david77560 said...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:32:02 PM

Missed Voice call with Elena Barykina (06/22/2011 1:31:01 PM)
Call Ended: 0 hours 0 minutes 3 seconds

Elena Barykina(06/22/2011 1:31:41 PM) : baby..I am so tired.i will go to sleep

Elena Barykina(06/22/2011 1:32:01 PM) : call me tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.

Elena Barykina(06/22/2011 1:32:02 PM) : bye

david77560 said...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 5:15:56 AM

Missed Voice call with Elena Barykina (08/17/2011 5:01:18 AM)
Call Ended: 0 hours 0 minutes 7 seconds

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 5:02:29 AM) : 1700 USA

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 5:02:47 AM) : 6 month

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 5:11:57 AM) : modem

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 5:15:56 AM) : 850\

david77560 said...

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 4:26:39 AM) : 1400

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 4:27:03 AM) : 900

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 4:28:37 AM) : bye

Incoming Voice call with Elena Barykina (08/17/2011 3:52:21 AM)
Call Ended: 0 hours 36 minutes 9 seconds

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 4:28:41 AM) : i will call

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 4:28:43 AM) : later

david77560(08/17/2011 4:28:46 AM) : ok

Elena Barykina(08/17/2011 4:28:46 AM) : bye

david77560(08/17/2011 4:28:53 AM) : ok bye bye

david77560 said...

Missed Voice call with Elena Barykina (07/30/2011 3:05:56 PM)
Call Ended: 0 hours 0 minutes 3 seconds

david77560(07/30/2011 3:19:09 PM) : 1500.00$

david77560(07/30/2011 3:19:22 PM) : $1500.00

Elena Barykina(07/30/2011 3:20:24 PM) : 2500

david77560(07/30/2011 3:21:04 PM) : $1500.00

Elena Barykina(07/30/2011 3:21:44 PM) : 500 per night

Elena Barykina(07/30/2011 3:22:21 PM) : 1000 tickets

Elena Barykina(07/30/2011 3:22:48 PM) : 150 visa

david77560 said...

Elena Barykina(07/30/2011 2:10:40 PM) : I am speaking with my teacher now...I will call soon and we will speak about this)

Elena Barykina(07/30/2011 2:10:45 PM) : thank you!!!

david77560 said...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4:34:30 AM

Missed Voice call with Elena Barykina (07/27/2011 4:21:03 AM)
Call Ended: 0 hours 0 minutes 5 seconds

Elena Barykina(07/27/2011 4:27:01 AM) :

Elena Barykina(07/27/2011 4:31:09 AM) : 17000

Elena Barykina(07/27/2011 4:32:51 AM) : 2`125 USD

Elena Barykina(07/27/2011 4:33:10 AM) : 700

Elena Barykina(07/27/2011 4:34:23 AM) : 1400

david77560 said...

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 10:22:31 AM) : 15000

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 10:22:34 AM) : ua

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 10:23:14 AM) : 1`873.00 USD

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 10:23:31 AM) : 1873

Outgoing Voice call with Elena Barykina (06/24/2011 10:18:56 AM)
Call Ended: 0 hours 5 minutes 24 seconds

david77560 said...

Call Ended: 0 hours 1 minutes 38 seconds

Outgoing Voice call with Elena Barykina (06/24/2011 9:26:52 AM)
Call Ended: 0 hours 0 minutes 25 seconds

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:28:25 AM) : calll me!

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:28:32 AM) : i cannot

david77560(06/24/2011 9:28:35 AM) : the bank does not open u ntil 10

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:28:37 AM) : i dont know why

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:28:51 AM) : oh( we are waiting

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:28:59 AM) : is it almost 10 now?

david77560(06/24/2011 9:29:25 AM) : it is 9:30

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:29:30 AM) : ok)

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:29:48 AM) : i will be at home till 10-15 in your time

david77560(06/24/2011 9:30:04 AM) : OK

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:30:06 AM) : please call them at 10-10 and i will waiting for your call

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:30:07 AM) : kiss

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:30:10 AM) : )))

Outgoing Voice call with Elena Barykina (06/24/2011 9:28:45 AM)
Call Ended: 0 hours 1 minutes 33 seconds

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:30:51 AM) : ok

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:30:54 AM) : kiss

Elena Barykina(06/24/2011 9:31:02 AM) : i will return here soon

david77560(06/24/2011 9:31:13 AM) : ))))))))))))))) OK

david77560 said...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:32:02 PM

Missed Voice call with Elena Barykina (06/22/2011 1:31:01 PM)
Call Ended: 0 hours 0 minutes 3 seconds

Elena Barykina(06/22/2011 1:31:41 PM) : baby..I am so tired.i will go to sleep

Elena Barykina(06/22/2011 1:32:01 PM) : call me tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.

Elena Barykina(06/22/2011 1:32:02 PM) : bye

david77560 said...


Monday, June 20, 2011 4:45:30 AM

david77560(06/20/2011 4:42:09 AM) : why not

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:42:37 AM) : they can think i will go to him to stay live. they will fear and dont open visa

david77560(06/20/2011 4:43:17 AM) : I will read all

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:43:20 AM) : ok

david77560(06/20/2011 4:43:21 AM) : I must work

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:43:36 AM) : give me answer as fast as possible

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:43:40 AM) : go..

david77560 said...

it's a problems to explain who is it in embassy

Monday, June 20, 2011 4:41:55 AM

david77560(06/20/2011 4:33:53 AM) : I have told you that I must read and I shall deside. I am working at the moment and can not read just no

david77560(06/20/2011 4:34:13 AM) : I do not even know how much you want me to send to you

david77560(06/20/2011 4:35:01 AM) : all I do I must do throu the bank and you know this as it has always been this way

david77560(06/20/2011 4:35:24 AM) : so do not get mad at me when I ask you to wait

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:37:00 AM) : you do desision. after this you go to the bank.

david77560(06/20/2011 4:37:38 AM) : Elena, I have to read all and go to bank to make the transfer
david77560(06/20/2011 4:37:43 AM) : you know this

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:38:09 AM) : you can answer now and do transfer tomorrow

david77560(06/20/2011 4:38:10 AM) : I will read, but I am in the middle of work just this moment

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:38:19 AM) : ok

david77560(06/20/2011 4:38:21 AM) : I am trying to tell this to you

david77560(06/20/2011 4:38:35 AM) : I must finish my work
Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:38:56 AM) : try to think and give me answer. if no i will run for work is day

david77560(06/20/2011 4:39:09 AM) : I have always waited when you were working

david77560(06/20/2011 4:39:16 AM) : please do the same for me

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:39:29 AM) : ok

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:39:39 AM) : work..

david77560(06/20/2011 4:39:48 AM) : go to work and I will look at all

david77560(06/20/2011 4:39:57 AM) : how much do you need

david77560(06/20/2011 4:40:14 AM) : how much must I transfer

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:40:29 AM) : i worry that you will fink too more timeand i spoil one more posibility

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:40:38 AM) : 6000

david77560(06/20/2011 4:40:42 AM) : how much

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:40:48 AM) : i dont want any

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:40:52 AM) : sponsor

david77560(06/20/2011 4:40:54 AM) : 6000 US

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:41:03 AM) : 6000 dollars

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:41:23 AM) : it will be nice for them

david77560(06/20/2011 4:41:25 AM) : why do you not want sponcer

Elena Barykina(06/20/2011 4:41:55 AM) : it's a problems to explain who is it in embassy

david77560 said...

Elena Barykina speaks of such great love and never to betray when we are speaking on voice call when she is needing more money. She is very clever person. How low a person to betray and to use the love of a man for her financial gain. This is a very dangerous game she is playing.

david77560 said...

While Elena Barykina and I are planning a long trip to Europe and I have sent to her the funds for the VISA that she will need, she is sleeping with this Ark Ovrutski and working on a trip to USA with him.
She calls to me telling of her great love and never betray me and asking me for more money. Elena sent to me the paper work on the school in the USA when I asked her for them. She wanted me to send her $6000.00 USD so she could get papers from the bank to show the school and the embassy that she had funds to live on while at school in USA. This she promised to send back to me after a week or after she got the VISA to come to the USA. This is attempted fraud of the government. I have recording of Elena explaining just how she planned to do this. She told it was normal for there people to lie to there embassy for VISA. The papers from the school show the financial statement of this other man Ark Ovrutski that she was coming to the USA to live with while she was in USA. Elena had also sent to me the hotel reservation paper from New York that she had made and she wanted me to help her to get her money back from this hotel when she could not get the VISA to come here. This man is from Kiev, Ukraine and has grown up in New York with a home in Brooklyn and going to school in Arbana, Ill. (Champaign, Ill.) At this same time she wants to come here to the same school. But remember we were planning the trip to Europe at this same time. I questioned all of this and she only became angry with me. But when I questioned the name of this other man and his bank records she hesitated and told it was just her friend and he was helping her. She told nothing was going on and that she would never break her promises to me and never betray me, that she loved me and needed no other and that she would never allow another into her bed but myself. She told that all I was thinking about him was only in my mind. When she called to me to come to her in September of this year that she needed me and my help very badly. She was living in Hostle while going to University that I am paying for and could not study living in room with many other girls. She wanted me to come and buy her an apartment for three months so she could live better in Kiev. While doing all of this she also wanted me to buy air flight back to Simferopol so she could sing in a wedding and get more of her luggage to bring to Kiev. I did not know at the time she was moving to Kiev to be closer to Ark Ovrutski's home and closer to him. Yes, he has a home in Kiev, Ukraine also. But she is getting money from me to pay for all of this and telling me that all is OK and she would never betray me.
When we returned back to Kiev from Simferopol I finally asked Elena to her face about Ark and she confessed all to me that she had slept with him and had sex with him, that he was her lover. I was devastated. My heart had been torn from my chest. Now she feels that I do not have the right to be angry. That it is no big deal that I have thrown away $ 57,752.00 USD on her. She does not understand that all has been done on her promises and never to betray. What about our God Daughter? The start of our family together. My wedding ring on her finger. All of my jewelry I have given to her, believing in her every words. This is a very dangerous game that she plays, but it is no game to myself. This has been a scam from the very beginning to use the love and the tender heart of a man for her financial gain with no concern of any kind of what it may do to this man. How many men have lost there lives for the love of just such a women as this? How many more men will be destroyed by a women such as this?

david77560 said...


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Subject: What happened with us? ..

From: E Jl e H a (


Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 6:51 AM

Dear David ...

It was hard days for both of us ..

And I want that you know that I still respect you. Even I sometimes become so angry ..

Yes we met each other in that strange agency where I had to work.. I was translator of another many
letters of another many girls and these girls have persuaded to load my information on the site ..

I didn't search any relationship there and you knew this. What is way I said to you - let's went and spoke
in yahoo or Skype and we did this. I respected and saved your money. And I run away from this agency
as fast as I could to do it..

You found out that I am a singer and tried to show my music to many producers in USA. And they liked
it! I remember how you wrote me this with many l l ll l!l! I respect and so grateful for this!'! .. For my
advertising in your country. And you know that I did all to be better - yes with your help I did about 12
songs. 2 songs even was recorded in Germany! Yes, it was your money! I UNDERSTAND this! And I
was so proud that I had friend as you who helped me to make my dreams come truth!. . .If you didn't help
- nobody helped to me. THANK YOU!. ..

You loved my music. Your support I needed very much. I recorded and you was THE FIRST! To
whom I send all my records and all my photo from photo session which you liked and loved to help me
to do! And I so grateful that you was on one photo session and you understood how difficult it was to be
a model there .. ) It was very important for me what did you say - I remember when you didn't like some
reverberation or my pronunciation and I change it in studio . .I remember your help ..

I still cannot understand why you made demands to me in court, because I tried to all that you liked all
my music and I still work on it and hope you will listen it soon. Yes It was your money for recording
studios and photo session and I am sorry that I couldn't return your money with you spend on my

You wanted that I came in USA and I tried to do it. They didn't open me visa and you can don't believe
me but it was the truth. And I cannot leave my full day study .. I had exams all summer to enter in
another university .. And In wanted to be only with Ark in USA - I didn't say anything to you that day . .I
could keep silent.And the first my words to Ark was "Nice . .I have friend in USA". He was shocked)

Maybe what is why he said to you some dirty things about me to you .. He was in jealous too.

I don't speak with him from that day when you said me that he said something about me to you. For me
person die in this moment. But sorry - he was only my friend too . .I said to you that I sleep with him
only because I wanted to make you angry!. . .I wanted to show that It's my life and I am not a toy and I
will decide myself with whom I can be .. Sorry .. Forgive me for this ... I was like a girl.. He was terrible
person and I understood this fast. And he was jealous that I speak with some another person who will
help more . .I don't want remember him more.

I am so grateful to you that I and you first in our lives see countries - Swedish, Latvia. I so respect this
and understand that you made this possible. I wont forget this ..

I remember how proud I was when we with Dima and you went in Kremlin in Lara Fabian's concert.


david77560 said...

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And how I worried about you when in the train you felt so bad yourself and I called to doctor to ask
what to do. And after this I said to you that we will never use train because I worry for you. Do you
remember? .. Do you remember how I called in USA and saved your life .. Now I think about that calLI
don't know what will be if! didn't call to you and we didn't call at once to neigbour.
I remember how We traveled and I showed you Crimea .. all parts and you said that it's look like in your
And I remember the main - you are a father of Valery.
I spoke with her and asked her: "What do you want from Santa on this party?" She said: "I want
wings" .. )))

Thank you that you was my wings and I don't know who could say you to go to the court because I
don't believe that person I know and respect very much could do it. In your letters you wrote me only
truth and wish happiness .. What happened with you now???. What happened with me? I am lost.. From
nice days till hard days today - it is not so long time .. Who has forced you to degrade you and me so?.!
only want to believe that you has come under to third party influence, because a person who I knew
couldn't make this. It is not you!!! And not me ... Tell me what are you doing? And what we will do?
What we need to do? You are older than me .. you must know better. .. And WHY??? ..
It's new year soon ..
Please forgive me for all that I could do wrong this year.. I don't want remember bad things. I want
remember all nice we had. Wrote me if! wrote something untruth ..
Sorry ...
I will wait..
Your friend, Elena ..


david77560 said...

sms from Elena on my cell phone : Jan. 25 2012
Next sms on my cell phone :

I will call to her mother right now!and everything you done.and we will go to court! wait us both there.

Next sms :

I will never believe you again. will never. you broke your promise. you will never see me and Valery again.only in the court.

I hired a translater and went to Valery's mother and spoke with her of what was going on with Elena and I and that she had told to me that I could never see my God Daughter again and of all Elena's lies and trickery to get me to take all from the courts. Valery's mother told to me that she had no idea any of this was going on and that Elena had no right to say or do such things. I could come and see Valery any time I wish. I asked her if why Valery was not in English school that I paid for to Elena ($1000.00 USD). She told me that she did not know anything about it. That Valery has never gone to any English schools. Elena sent to me pictures of Valery in class at the English school or so she told to me. I gave her 1000.00 USD cash for this school as she had asked of me for Valery. I placed it in her hand.
I arived in Simferopol as Elena and I had been speaking and felt we were working all out and we went to my attorney's office and I signed a document to the judge and the courts telling that Elena and I would work this out with out the help of the courts. Shortly after we went to the train station and I bought ticket to Kiev and Elena bought herself a ticket to Kiev on the train then she got a phone call and she grabed me by the hand and we went to her atorney's office were she wanted me to sign a form written in Ukrainiane that I could not read. She told that she would translate it. I called to my attorny and he informed me that it was a trick, do not sign anything, she was fixing all that she would never have to make things right with all the funds she has gotten from me. Her mother was setting in the office and had all this prepared by the time we arrived.
Elena has tried to trick me again and used the love of my God Daughter to do this.
I was so proud when Valery had run to me and huged my neck and gave to me a kiss then introduced me to her little friends as her God Father from America. The all gathered around as I read to them from the English books that I had pressented to Valery and all wanted to show to me that they could speak a little english and say to me what the pictures of the animals were in English. I was so proud of my God Daughter.
Elena used this as another trick. Now that I have contact information of Valery's mother, Elena has no leverage over me anymore. She would never allow me to have this information before.
She is such a cruel person to have done this. If Valery ever found this out she would hate Elena for what she has done.
I told to Elena before she was not only destroying our lives but the life of this little child.
Yes, God does see all and knows our hearts.

Anonymous said...

Anahuac's David Houston Sartin guilty in murder-for-hire plot

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 49 year-old Anahuac, Texas man has pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced United States Attorney John M. Bales today.

David Houston Sartin pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence today before U.S. District Judge Thad Hartfield.

According to information presented in court, beginning in December 2011, Sartin made attempts to hire another person to kidnap an individual from Kiev, Ukraine and deliver the individual to Sartin in the United States where Sartin then intended to kill or have the individual killed. Sartin met with an undercover agent on Mar. 6, 2012 and paid the undercover agent a deposit of $25,000 with the promise of another $25,000. Sartin was arrested in Beaumont, Texas on Mar. 23, 2012 while attempting to deliver the final $25,000. Sartin was also in possession of a handgun, a stun-gun and hand cuffs. Sartin was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 18, 2012.

Sartin faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the kidnapping charge and a minimum of 5 years for the firearms violation. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Department of Public Safety – Texas Rangers, Criminal Investigation Division, Aircraft Division, and the Highway Patrol Division; Beaumont Police Department; Chambers County Sheriff's Office; Houston Police Department and the Liberty County District Attorney's office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph R. Batte.

Anonymous said...

and Elena goes free... that sux!

Anonymous said...

Hey, David. You're an evil guy. First you think you can buy a Russian woman. How stupid can you be? Then you plot to torture her in captivity and then murder her. May you rot.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, why wouldn't she go free? She's not an American.