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Divorcee faces count of lying

on July 17, 2013 10:30 AM

BEAVER (AP) — A Beaver County woman must stand trial on charges she lied on a marriage application. Detectives say she divorced only once after three previous marriages, before marrying yet another man last year.

The defense attorney for Leia Soetaert, 31, didn’t immediately return calls for comment on Tuesday, a day after she waived her right to a preliminary hearing on false swearing charges.

The Beaver County Times reported that the New Castle woman was married last July after filling out an application in which she claimed not to have been married before and didn’t answer a question about how any previous marriages ended.

But county detectives say Soetaert was married in Las Vegas in 2004, in Adams County, Colo., in 2008 and in San Jacinto County, Texas, on another occasion. She was legally divorced only in Texas.

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