NY Woman Allegedly Had at Least 8 Husbands at Once

Liana Barrientos is said to have married 6 guys in 6 months
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2015 6:50 AM CDT
NY Woman Allegedly Had at Least 8 Husbands at Once
Liana Barrientos has been charged with filing a false instrument.   (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

A New York woman has, according to police, gotten married a few too many times, and she's now facing felony fraud charges. Authorities say Liana Barrientos, reported as being 38 or 39, has gotten married 10 times in 11 years, the New York Daily News reports, with six of those marriages allegedly occurring between February and August of 2002. She's never gotten divorced, according to the Daily News and ABC 7, though others report differently: The New York Post holds that at least one husband filed for divorce and a second "dumped her," placing her number of concurrent marriages at eight; the New York Times reports she's actually divorced from her first two husbands and two others, but that those splits happened "long after marrying 3 through 9." The latest alleged nuptials were in 2010, when Barrientos is said to have married a man named Salle Keita.

The changes are in connection with that marriage. "The defendant ... stated in sum and substance that she did marry Mr. Keita and that was her first and only marriage," says the legal complaint. Officials haven't suggested a motive in the case, the Daily News notes, though a source tells the Post that "the motive was definitely not love." While the Post reports that she varied the spelling of her name in different marriages, the Daily News reports that she allegedly used the same Social Security number. A man at one of Barrientos' previous homes tells the Daily News she's now living in a homeless shelter. She faces two counts of filing a false instrument, each of which carries a four-year sentence. She was arrested last fall and will be arraigned today. (It's far from the only unusual crime to grab headlines this week.)

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