Mother sentenced to 7 years for unlawfully taking daughter to Russia, away from KS father

WICHITA, Kan. A federal court judge Thursday sentences a Russian-born woman to seven years in prison for unlawfully taking her daughter to Russia and demanding money before allowing the girl's American father to have custody of the girl, US. Attorney Stephen McAllister says.

This comes three months after a federal jury found Bogdana Alexandrovna Mobley, 38, guilty on one count of international parental kidnapping and two counts of attempting to extort money from the child’s father, Brian Mobley.

Bogdana was accused of unlawfully taking their child out of the United States in 2014 and keeping the girl away from Brian. Prosecutors said the couple was going through a divorce at the time and had joint custody, but Bogdana did not get Brian's permission to take the girl overseas. Brian filed for divorce in Sedgwick County District Court.

Further evidence presented in Bogdana's trial claimed that between April 2014 and November 2016, Bogdana only permitted Brian to communicate with their child via cell phones and Skype applications. She also told Brian he needed to send her money in order to see the child.

Rep. Ron Estes worked on Brian Mobley's behalf, trying to help him get his daughter back. This included sending a letter to Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov requesting the Russian government’s attention to the matter.