Posted October 05, 2018 09:06:20If you think that marriage fraud is just an issue in a couple’s marriage, you’d be wrong.
According to a new study, marriage fraud in America is on the rise.
The National Marriage Fraud Center reports that between 2010 and 2020, nearly 3,000,000 people were defrauded by marriage therapists.
According the Center for the Study of Marriage and Family, these fraudsters used fraudulent claims to make fraudulent claims for the marriage of a new couple.
These sham marriages are known as “sexless marriages” because they have no actual marriage ceremony.
In these cases, the fraudsters claim to be a licensed marriage counselor or marriage judge, but they are actually using false documents to obtain a marriage license.
For example, one fraudster told the Center that he was a certified marriage counselor and licensed marriage judge.
Another fraudster claimed that he had received a marriage contract from the groom’s mother.
But while these sham marriages can be legitimate, they can also be frauds.
The Center says the fraudulent marriage fraudsters often are seeking a divorce from the bride, and in some cases, they have forged their marriage certificate.
The National Marriage Board of New Jersey reports that there were 7,746 marriage fraud cases involving marriage certificates from 2011 to 2020.
The average amount fraudulently obtained was $5,000.
In New Jersey, the average amount of fraudulent marriage claims was $3,200.
The Center says that fraudsters are also using false marriage documents to gain access to a marriage in other states, including Massachusetts, California, Maryland, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Texas.
In many cases, fraudsters even use fake names to obtain marriage licenses.
According to the Center, one fraudulent marriage scammer claimed that his name was Richard Coyle.
The scammer also used a fictitious name for a new marriage counselor in Pennsylvania.
The other fraudsters who made up fake names are not legally married to each other.
In fact, in one of the largest fraud cases in recent memory, fraudster Andrew Sperry was able to get a marriage certificate from a woman who had not even legally been married to her husband.
Sperry claimed to be Andrew S. Sperries, and he also used the name of his real wife.
The fraudulent marriage scams are only a fraction of the frauds being committed.
According the Center:There were 730,000 frauds reported to the National Marriage Agency between 2010 to 2020, and the average fraud was $15,000 each.
The frauds also include fraudsters trying to obtain divorce, and fraudsters seeking access to the custody of children.
The fraudulent marriage agencies are also taking advantage of the growing demand for marriage counseling.
According a 2016 report by the New York State Office of Financial Institutions, the marriage fraud rate has tripled in New York since 2000.
The report also reported that fraud has tripled since 2008, when the state was under a mandatory financial reporting law.
According one report, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that the average number of marriages in New Jersey was 1.6 in 2020.
There were more than 20,000 marriages reported to authorities that year.
This year, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice is also investigating more than 300 fraudulent marriage cases.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is also launching a fraud hotline, and investigators are also seeking to track down the scamsters behind more than 30,000 fraudulent marriage licenses obtained between 2011 and 2020.
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