Marilyn Smith, chief deputy clerk of Columbiana County Probate Court, said a request was filed with the prosecutor's office Wednesday asking for an investigation for possible charges against Victor T. Clavizzao, who claimed he was never married when he filed for a marriage license with Jacqueline A. Dean.
On Tuesday, court personnel received a call from a newspaper reporter in Florida who told them he's in the midst of a divorce from his fourth wife and had other wives in his past. She also told them he's on his way to federal prison after being sentenced to five years for mortgage fraud and that he wasn't supposed to leave the state of Florida.
As for his bride, they were told she also had a past as a registered sex offender who served time in prison after she and her ex-husband, Willie Tarpley, tortured a young woman in 1987.
When the St. Petersburg couple applied for their marriage license, Dean listed that she was divorced once and clerks confirmed the information with Florida officials, with Willie Tarpley listed as her ex-husband. The 45-year-old woman listed her occupation as marketing and sales while Clavizzao, 46, listed his occupation as finance.
They were married by Judge Carol Ann Robb of Columbiana County Municipal Court.
According to Smith, Dean did nothing wrong, but Clavizzao lied about never being married. The official Web site for Pinellas County in Florida lists a case filed on April 20, 2009 by Clavizzao for a dissolution from Angel M.Clavizzao. The case file only showed that the case was filed and didn't say whether the case was finished or whether a dissolution was granted.
Smith said that's something the prosecutor's office will have to determine. If he's still married, a charge of bigamy could be possible, she said, but it will be up to the prosecutor's office how to handle the situation.
John Gamble, chief assistant prosecutor, said an investigator with the department was already reviewing the material forwarded by Probate Court. Possible charges for lying on the marriage license application could include perjury or falsification.
"We'll take whatever steps are appropriate," he said.
By Mary Ann Greier of SalemNews.net