A man faces up to seven years in prison after being accused of having three wives in three states, including Georgia, according to several news reports.
Michael Middleton, 43, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, faces a Class B felony charge of bigamy, the crime of having a spouse and knowingly marrying another person, the New Hampton Union Leader reported.
He was indicted Jan. 18 on the bigamy charge at Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H., the newspaper reported. AJC.com has reached out to the county’s district attorney’s office and sheriff’s office to try to get more details.
He’s accused of marrying Alicia Grant of Exeter, N.H., while already being married to Katherine Lashley of Georgia and Kassandra Shipley of Alabama, the Union Leader reported. It’s unclear where either woman is from within their state.
Grant told the Portland Spring, Maine,-based news station WTMW that the three women found out about each other and filed a report with police. Prosecutors said they found three valid marriage certificates for Middleton.
Prosecutors allege that Middleton was attempting to scam the women so he could take as many assets as possible before leaving, the news station reported.
If found guilty, he faces between three-and-a-half and seven years in prison and up to a $4,000 fine, the news station reported. In Georgia, a guilty bigamy conviction requires a sentencing between one and 10 years, according to state code.
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