Serial bride faces New York justice after 10-husband binge

NEW YORK (AFP) - It wasn't so much wedded bliss as wedding mania. A serial New York bride was busted on Friday after juggling eight husbands at once and getting hitched six times in one year, prosecutors said.

Liana Barrientos, 39, pleaded not guilty in a Bronx court Friday to charges of fraud.

Prosecutors say she lied on the licence for her most recent wedding in 2010 and faces four years in jail if convicted.

New York state records show she has been married 10 times since 1999 and that 2002 was a particularly busy year - in which Barrientos walked down the aisle six times in different towns.

Prosecutors did not specify the reason for her marriage binge but all her husbands came from overseas, including Egypt, Pakistan and Mali, and immigration officials have been involved in the case.

Six of her husbands used Barrientos to apply for permanent residency in the United States, including husband number six, Rashid Rajput, who in 2006 was deported home to Pakistan following a terrorism investigation, prosecutors said.

Still in her mid-20s, court papers show that Barrientos celebrated Valentine's Day 2002 by getting married a fourth time, seemingly without a single divorce.

Just two weeks later, when most brides might be winding down their honeymoon, she married husband number five.

Two weeks later, it was the turn of husband number six.

She then closed out the summer of 2002 with another three weddings in May, July and August, before calling it a halt for eight years.

It was after she applied to marry her most recent husband, Salle Keita, on March 4 2010 that the authorities caught up with her.

When she applied for the marriage licence, Barrientos stated she had never been married before, court papers show.

She was arraigned on felony fraud charges at the state supreme court in the Bronx on Friday.

Prosecutors say she is currently married to four people and was once married to eight men at the same time.

All her husbands were foreigners, coming from Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Georgia, Pakistan, Mali and Turkey.

The New York Times reported that Barrientos has past convictions for drugs and theft.

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