Ex-Iowa Official Guilty In Gay Marriage Fraud Case

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa court official has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor forgery for filing false documents to issue an invalid marriage license to a same-sex couple from Florida.

Former Grundy County deputy clerk Brigitte Van Nice received a suspended sentence and probation after entering the guilty plea Monday.

Van Nice was arrested and suspended from her job in October after investigators said she issued a marriage license to two Florida men who had never set foot in Iowa.

The men discovered they had never legally been married when they went to get a divorce.

To get their license, Van Nice falsely claimed she had officiated the couple's Valentine's Day wedding in Iowa last year and faked the signatures of 2 people who she claimed were witnesses. The couple paid her $150.

From the Associated PressAssociated Press


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