If one wife is good, two wives are twice as nice. That’s apparently what one Texas man was thinking while he was married to two different women at the same time.
The 38-year-old flight instructor maintained two homes and two marriages for two and a half years about 275 miles north of San Antonio. His first wife was recently granted a divorce, however.
News media reports indicate the man lived weekdays in Arlington with the woman he first married, with whom he has a young son.
On weekends, he would go to a flight school instructor’s job and spend his time with his second wife, who lived in Grapevine (about 20 miles away). The second wife’s job apparently has her traveling on weekdays.
To try to keep the relationships and women separate, he reportedly posted fake divorce documents online and filed his first wife’s income taxes for her; without her knowledge, he listed her as single on the tax forms.
Eventually the scheme unraveled, however, as these things tend to do. Wife Number Two apparently discovered that her husband was paying the bills for Wife Number One; a woman he had supposedly divorced.
The man’s attorney said his client doesn’t deny the deception. “He’s apologized to everyone,” the attorney said, “and not just because he got caught. He knew it was going to come to an end.”
Fortunately for the man, the statute of limitations on bigamy has expired.
But as noted, his first wife is now his ex-wife. She divorced him on grounds of adultery and cruel treatment, according to media reports.
His first wife was also granted custody of their child, as well as child support.
Source: New York Daily News, “Texas man arrested for bigamy, had 2 wives 20 miles apart,” April 9, 2013
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