36-old man charged with bigamy after marrying three women in three years
Zhang wed the women between 2015 and 2017, then arranged for them to live within a one mile radius ‘for convenience’ in Jiangsu, China
The property agent who had a child with each of his ‘wives’ from 2015 to 2017 has been charged with bigamy and faces up to two years in prison
Zhang married Ren in Kunshan in 2015, second wife Chen, in Henan province in 201.
He then married wife Wang, in her in Anhui province in 2017
Zhang was able to wed multiple times due to poor record-keeping, as the civil affairs authorities of these provinces did not share a database
Zhang claims he didn’t realize it was illegal to marry more than one woman, but if convicted ‘I’ll be with whoever forgives me when I get out of jail’
36-year-old Zhang, who had a child with each of his ‘wives’ within a three-year span and arranged for the families to live within a half mile radius in Jiangsu province, China is facing two years in jail, if convicted
A man in east China is facing jail time for marrying three women in three years, after one of the women stumbled upon his duplicity
The 36-year-old Zhang, the alleged bigamist, had a child with each of his ‘wives’ between 2015 and 2017 and arranged for the families to live within a one-mile radius in Jiangsu province for convenience.
Zhang, who is from central Henan province and worked as a property agent in Kunshan, Jiangsu, was reported to the authorities by his wives after they discovered each other.
The crime went undetected as the civil affairs authorities of these provinces did not share a database, according to the report.
Zhang said he was able to earn tens of thousands of yuan a month thanks to the booming property market and did not have a problem providing for all three families, the report said.
He arranged for them to live within a half a mile radius and spent time with each family while lying about traveling for work.
However, ‘juggling the families left him ‘tired’ as he traveled between the three residential areas more than 10 times every week’ Zhang told reporters.
The scam was exposed in March 2017, when his second wife, Chen, became suspicious after discovering text messages between Zhang and another woman.
She trailed him on one of his ‘business trips’ and stumbled upon the first wife after he arrived at a nearby residential area.
Chen’s enterprise also uncovered the identity of the third wife, Wang, who was pregnant with his child, simply by texting an unknown number that was constantly calling him.
The shocking discovery led Zhang’s first wife to divorce him last year. The other two women filed a police report in March.
Zhang was charged with bigamy in November. The case, reported by the media Saturday, sparked outrage on social media as net users slammed the government oversight.
‘How was he able to obtain three marriage certificates in the first place? What were the civil affairs authorities doing? one comment read on Weibo.
‘If he was really unaware that multiple marriages broke the law, then why did he applied for marriage certificates in three different provinces?’ one user said.
‘He still expects the women to forgive him after all this, what is he thinking?’ another user said.