Thursday, July 10, 2003

No, its not the result of a new reality TV show...

NYTimes: Here Comes the Bride. Again, and Again . . .:

In a era when divorce and remarriage are commonplace, it might not be surprising for a city clerk to see some of the same names pop up on applications for marriage licenses from time to time.

But it did strike the city clerk's office as highly unusual when it learned this year that one Manhattan woman had applied for 27 marriage licenses from 1984 to 2002 — and that at least a dozen others had seemingly married in numbers that were highly suspicious.

These "career brides," as one city official called them, were not marrying for love, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office, which announced yesterday that four women had been arrested and two more were being sought on felony charges punishable by up to four years in prison. The authorities said they believed that the women had offered to marry illegal immigrants for a fee, usually about $1,000.

NYTimes articles require a free suscription to view, but for those of you who don't want to suscribe, the rest of the article just explains how these career brides are caught.

On Fox's new fall line-up: Who Wants to Marry an Immigrant?


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