Ex-Iowa official guilty in gay marriage fraud case

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 today.

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 two people who she claimed were witnesses. The couple paid her $150.

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