Barrientos was living with a man who was apparently not one of her husbands
A woman accused of marrying 10 times without divorce in a sham-marriage scam has appeared in a New York City court.
Liana Barrientos, 39, of the Bronx, pleaded not guilty on Friday to two felony charges of filing a false instrument, involving marriage licenses.
According to the indictment, in March 2010 Barrientos married Salle Keita, of Mali, stating on a license that it was her first and only marriage.
But authorities suspect she wed nine other times, between 1999 and 2002, to help foreign nationals gain US residency.
Police say Barrientos is currently married to four people and was once wed to eight.
Until recently she was living with her boyfriend, who is not thought to be one of the 10 men she is accused of marrying.
In one case, Barrientos has acknowledged “receiving money for her actions”, said Assistant District Attorney Jessica Lupo.
Prosecutors say the other bogus grooms were from Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic and the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Groom number eight, Rashid Rajput, was deported in 2006 to Pakistan after an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
On each marriage license, Barrientos allegedly used variations of her name and her real Social Security number.
US immigration officials brought the case to the attention of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office.
She faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
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