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10 husbands bring 9 bigamy charges

December 19, 2007

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— If all the members of 26-year-old Eunice Lopez's immediate family show up for her scheduled arraignment on bigamy charges next month, the courtroom could be crowded.

She has at least 10 husbands, investigators say.

But Lopez, who first became a bride soon after arriving from Cuba in 2002, may have racked up several more marriages, records indicate, without divorcing any of the men before she wed the next.

Alas, Lopez did not marry for love; she married for money, say authorities. "This is a joint investigation into marriage fraud between ICE and the State Attorney's Office," said Barbara Gonzalez, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami. "The fact of the matter is that Ms. Lopez was marrying illegal aliens for profit. ICE takes these cases very seriously because they have national security implications."

Lopez faces nine counts of felony bigamy, and each could carry a penalty of up to five years in prison on conviction.

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