Orange County Resident Charged with Bigamy and Theft
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.