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Orange County Resident Charged with Bigamy and Theft

Posted by Courtney Pilchmann | Apr 07, 2009 | 0 Comments

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.

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Courtney Pilchmann

Courtney Pilchman is a certified criminal law specialist who was a Deputy District Attorney for over six years prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney. She was a member of some of the most elite prosecution units including crimes against children, family violence, and sexual assault. She pr...

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