Rancho Santa Margarita resident Craig Stevens was charged with Penal Code Section 281(a) bigamy, Penal Code Section 261(a)(5) rape by artifice, two counts of Penal Code Section 487- Grand Theft and two counts of Penal Code Section 12022.6(a)(2), white collar crime enhancements of theft over $100,000.00.
As if that wasnt bad enough, Stevens is already serving a prison sentence for stalking and embezzlement. Here is what happens. Stevens marries a woman, persuades her to use a $147,000 inheritance to pay off his restitution in his previous case (where he stole from a Costa Mesa employer). Then, while still married, he marries another woman and takes $47,000 from her saying he needed it for his daughters college education.
The rape count stems from a penal code section that makes it a crime to entice someone to have intercourse under false pretenses….the fact that wife number 2 didnt know he was already married and had she known, she wouldnt have had sex with him.