Facebook Fail: Bigamy Bust After Facebook Suggests Man's Wives Be Friends

A Washington state corrections officer has been charged with bigamy after Facebook discovered two women were connected to him and suggested they might want to "friend."

Prosecutors in Pierce County say Alan L. O'Neill married a woman in 2001, moved out in 2009, changed his name and remarried without divorcing his first wife.

That's when things got really screwy for the guy.

Facebook suggested that his first wife and his new wife should be friends on Facebook. When the first wife clicked the link to the suggested profile, she reportedly saw a profile photo of her husband and his new wife standing next to a wedding cake.

That is what allegedly happened to a corrections officer in Washington state, who now is on unpaid administrative leave after prosecutors charged him with bigamy Thursday.

Alan L. O'Neill, 41, has been summoned to court March 22 to answer the felony charge, the News Tribune is reporting.

O'Neill, previously know as Alan Fulk, has worked as a Pierce County corrections officer for five years, sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said. Efforts by the News Tribune to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.

According to charging documents, Fulk married his first wife in 2001. He reportedly moved out eight years later, but neither he nor she filed for divorce, the records show.

In December he petitioned to change his last name to O'Neill, the charging documents state. Later that month, he married his second wife.

After seeing the new wife's profile, O'Neill's first wife called his mom.

O'Neill then allegedly told his first wife not to tell anybody about his dual marriages, saying that he would fix it, the documents state.

She apparently alerted authorities, who used records from the Auditor's Office and District Court to suss out O'Neill's alleged duplicity, court records show.

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  • by DP Location: NC on Mar 18, 2012 at 06:44 AM
    That was mighty "BIG OF HIM". LOL !!!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM
    Facebook can lead to trouble. I'll never get one and I don't understand why my wife and the rest of those ladies are so obsessed with it. I believe in the phone conversations, but can understand to avoid possible cops by having different people met and different numbers stored.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2012 at 03:09 AM
    If I ever get rid of the one I got and had for twenty years dang if I want to marry another one.They're materialistic and whine all the time about the dumbest things.
  • by Business Student Location: NC on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:40 PM
    I hear Facebook might be a going to be a IPO. For Stock Investors! Very soon!
  • by macman Location: apple lane on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:07 PM
    unlike ;(
  • by p on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:50 PM
    He should have stayed single and just had multiple "baby mamas".
  • by ECU student on Mar 9, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    if gays can get married why can't someone marry more than one person?
  • by Tangled Web on Mar 9, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    Changed His Name? ...how clever. Same SS#, I'm guessing, right? State inter-communications are still flawed, hummm?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 02:46 PM
    Washington state offers same-sex couples all state-level marriage benefits under domestic partnerships laws. So why not be allowed to have 2 wives. Seems like they are discriminating against him.
  • by My opinion... Location: NB on Mar 9, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    Forget the courts....the wives will take care of him!!! Too funny, and (if he reads this), I suggest that he get the number for ProFlowers.
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