Liana Barrientos, The Bronx Serial Bride, Arrested After Missing Court Date
Liana Barrientos, the ‘Serial Bride’ of the Bronx was arrested on Tuesday, May 19, after missing her court date on Monday.
Serial Bride Liana Barrientos Misses Court Date
Barrientos, 39, is accused of being married 10 times in 11 years without ever getting a divorce. Barrientos, who filed marriage licenses in Long Island, Rockland County and Westchester County before moving over to the Bronx, is currently facing charges for filing fraudulent marriage papers.
The first marriage license registered to Barrientos was dated Nov. 5, 1999, but it wasn’t until 9 marriages later that authorities began investigating Barrientos for fraud, after she married Salle Keita in 2010.
The reasons for her multiple weddings – at one point Barrientos filed papers to marry six different men in one year – are unclear. Each of her husbands are immigrants, coming from Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Bangladesh, Pakistan or Mali, and it’s believed that Barrientos’ multiple marriages were part of an immigration scheme.
After being arrested in April, Barrientos was scheduled to appear in a Bronx courtroom on Monday, May 18, but failed to appear. According to her attorney, Chris Wright, Barrientos claimed that she misremembered the date of her court hearing and believed she was scheduled to appear on June 18. “She was crying on the phone. She does understand the import of her actions,” Wright told Judge Steven Barrett.
Barrett was not persuaded by Wright’s argument, saying, “I do not believe that Ms. Barrientos fully understands the gravity of these proceedings of her obligation to appear timely at every scheduled court appearance.”
Barrientos was taken into custody, with bail set at $10,000.