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Forum staff reports, Published September 05 2013

Vergas woman charged with felony bigamy in Clay County

MOORHEAD – A Vergas woman is facing a felony bigamy charge after one of her husbands reported to Texas authorities the two weren’t divorced before her recent marriage in Clay County to another man.

Penny Lynn Fick, 38, was charged Monday in Clay County District Court. Court documents state that Fick’s husband contacted the sheriff’s department in Parmer County, Texas, after hearing that Fick had married another man, Bill Carl Fick, in Clay County in April 2011.

Texas authorities contacted Clay County Detective Gabe Tweten, who determined that Penny Fick had applied for a marriage license in Otter Tail County in March 2011, on which she claimed her previous marriage was dissolved in “Ortoro” County District Court in New Mexico.

Tweten could not find a county by that name in New Mexico, but did find an “Otero” County there. But Otero County records showed no dissolution of any couple by the names of Fick and the first husband.

The first husband told Tweten that he and Fick were married in New Mexico at the Curry County Courthouse in January 2008, but Fick left him and disappeared in November 2008.