Hawaii father to be sentenced for passport fraud

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii man is facing sentencing for trying to get his 2-year-old daughter a passport without her mother's permission.

Court documents say Gregory Armin Scher planned a trip to Mexico in spite of an informal joint custody arrangement with the mother living in Missouri.

Authorities say Scher sought help from a congresswoman when the passport application was rejected because it didn't have required signatures from both parents.

Court documents say Scher claimed the mother abandoned them.

A State Department special agent investigated and found Scher and the mother communicated often. The agent says the mother didn't know Scher was planning to take the girl to Mexico.

Scher says he regrets lying but was frustrated the mother wouldn't let him take the girl on a cruise.

Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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