Green Card Lovers
SHAMED: Samina Khan (left) got her loveless marriage to Farrukh Khan (right) annulled after she said she found him fooling around with a man.
It was a match made in speed-dating hell. Â NYP
A Long Island woman claims she was hoodwinked into marrying a Pakistani immigrant — who tricked her into thinking he was a wealthy computer whiz who shared her devout Muslim faith, when he was actually using her to get a green card while canoodling with another man, court documents allege.
Samina Khan, 31, a New Hyde Park pharmacist, said her world came crashing down last year when she learned her husband, Farrukh Khan, had been married before and spotted him making out with another man in her car, according to a judge’s ruling granting her an annulment.
She told The Post yesterday that the smooch, which her husband denied, was the proof she needed to convince her that her marriage was a loveless, sexless sham.
“Once I saw him in the car, that’s when I had enough,” said Samina, who was represented by the law firm of Dominic Barbara. “I left that day.”
Samina met Farrukh, 35, two years ago at a singles event for professional Muslims.
She later spotted Farrukh’s profile on a Muslim dating site — where he said he was a “network engineer” and a restaurant partner earning more than $100,000 a year — and hit it off with him after they went on a speed date arranged by the service.
After a quick courtship, the couple tied the knot in June 2008. They even pushed up the date so Farrukh could visit his ailing father in Pakistan. The marriage allowed him to return to the United States.
“Clearly, he just did this for a green card,” Samina said. “The day after the [marriage] paperwork was in, he just ignored me.”
For weeks, Samina said, she ignored the obvious signs, including their bizarre living arrangement. Samina moved with Farrukh into a one-family house in Westbury he was sharing with his friend, the friend’s wife and their son.
Samina said she drove the men every morning to the train station and they would return very late at night. She also said that Farrukh and his friend shared clothes and cash and bought groceries together.
All the while, over the course of seven months, the marriage was never consummated.
“It was completely miserable,” Samina said.
She learned that Farrukh had been married twice before and engaged four times, according to the documents.
She also learned he was no computer whiz, but a part owner in a small Brooklyn restaurant.
During the course of their marriage, he contributed only $4,000 to their savings account, while Samina paid for everything else, including the wedding for 500 guests and Farrukh’s trips to Pakistan.
Farrukh denied the marriage was a sham.
“The allegations are totally incorrect,” Farrukh said. “I was married once before. I didn’t lie. She knew it.”