Se­rial bride faces New York jus­tice af­ter 10-hus­band binge

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

It wasn’t so much wed­ded bliss as wed­ding ma­nia. A se­rial New York bride was busted Fri­day af­ter jug­gling eight hus­bands at once and get­ting hitched six times in one year, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Liana Bar­ri­en­tos, 39, pleaded not guilty in a Bronx court Fri­day to charges of fraud.

Pros­e­cu­tors say she lied on the li­cense for her most re­cent wed­ding in 2010 and faces four years in jail if con­victed.

New York state records show she has been mar­ried 10 times since 1999 and that 2002 was a par­tic­u­larly busy year — in which Bar­ri­en­tos walked down the aisle six times in dif­fer­ent towns.

Pros­e­cu­tors did not spec­ify the rea­son for her mar­riage binge but all her hus­bands came from over­seas, in­clud­ing Egypt, Pak­istan and Mali, and im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials have been in­volved in the case.

Six of her hus­bands used Bar­ri­en­tos to ap­ply for per­ma­nent res­i­dency in the United States, in­clud­ing hus­band num­ber six, Rashid Ra­jput, who in 2006 was de­ported home to Pak­istan fol­low­ing a ter­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tion, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Still in her mid- 20s, court pa­pers show that Bar­ri­en­tos cel­e­brated Valen­tine’s Day 2002 by get­ting mar­ried a fourth time, seem­ingly with­out a sin­gle di­vorce.

Just two weeks later, when most brides might be wind­ing down their hon­ey­moon, she mar­ried hus­band num­ber five. Two weeks later, it was the turn of hus­band num­ber six.

She then closed out the sum­mer of 2002 with an­other three wed­dings in May, July and Au­gust, be­fore call­ing it a halt for eight years.

It was af­ter she ap­plied to marry her most re­cent hus­band, Salle Keita, on March 4 2010 that the au­thor­i­ties caught up with her.

When she ap­plied for the mar­riage li­cense, Bar­ri­en­tos stated she had never been mar­ried be­fore, court pa­pers show.

She was ar­raigned on felony fraud charges at the state supreme court in the Bronx on Fri­day.

Pros­e­cu­tors say she is cur­rently mar­ried to four peo­ple and was once mar­ried to eight men at the same time.

All her hus­bands were for­eign- ers, com­ing from Bangladesh, the Czech Repub­lic, Egypt, Ge­or­gia, Pak­istan, Mali and Turkey.

The New York Times re­ported that Bar­ri­en­tos has past con­vic­tions for drugs and theft.

AP

Liana Bar­ri­en­tos ap­pears in Judge Steven Bar­rett’s court­room at the Bronx Supreme Court dur­ing an ar­raign­ment in New York on Fri­day, April 10.

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