Bigamy Charges Filed After Wife Finds Telltale Receipt

An affair would have been one thing, but...
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2016 11:48 AM CDT
Bigamy Charges Filed After Wife Finds Telltale Receipt
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You know that feeling when you realize your husband is actually married to another woman in another state? No? Well, two women in New York and Pennsylvania apparently do. Authorities have charged Arturo R. Reid, 65, with bigamy after they say Annette Reid, 70, whom Reid married in New York City in 2004, found a February 2015 receipt showing her hubby had paid for a license to marry another woman, identified in police documents as "IR-T," in Allentown, Pa. Police say there's no documentation to show Reid divorced his first wife before his March 13, 2015, wedding because, well, there never was a divorce.

Police say Reid had been living a double life with two wives at two addresses. He's a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, which he attends with Annette in Brooklyn, neighbors tell the New York Post. But photos on what is believed to be Reid's Facebook page show him with another woman described as "my wife," "my love," and "the most beautiful woman in the world." The Morning Call notes Reid was charged Wednesday by the same Lehigh County judge who apparently presided over his wedding last year. He faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted, per Lehigh Valley Live. (Cops say this man led a double life for decades.)

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