SALT LAKE CITY — A Los Angeles man serving three months in Utah for bigamy was trying to get a divorce from at least one of his former wives, court records show.
Victor DeiWayne Hayes had at least two wives in California when he exchanged vows in January 2011 with a Utah woman who didn't take long to figure out she wasn't his only love interest, documents say.
Hayes started his jail term Aug. 28 at Davis County jail. He was fined $990 in 2nd District Court and ordered to pay $830 in restitution to the Layton woman, Serah Harrison, who has since obtained a divorce, court records show.
Harrison said she was just a newlywed when she began to suspect Hayes, 51, was keeping separate lives with other women. Some Internet research by Harrison, 39, made clear he had been married several times — but had few divorces on record. She notified Layton police.
The Standard-Examiner of Ogden was first to report on Hayes' bigamy conviction.
Hayes opened — but never finalized — a divorce case on one of his California marriages, police in Utah determined. Hayes signed a statement at his sentencing saying he had at least three wives — the women involved suspect the number is higher.
His lawyer, Ronald Fujino, didn't return phone messages Tuesday from The Associated Press.
Prosecutors say Harrison was unusually aggressive in trying to reconstruct Hayes' married life.
"This is a unique case," Davis County prosecutor Jason Nelson told the AP on Tuesday. "He married someone, and she didn't know he was married to other people. It's that simple. She was a victim."
Harrison said Hayes appeared to have been married most of his adult life to "at least two women and sometimes three or more," she said Tuesday. "There was quite a lot of overlap."
He claimed to be a general contractor and a semi-professional baseball player one week every month — he told different wives it was a different week of the month, she said.
Harrison and Hayes met years ago on a dating website, PlentyofFish.com. They were engaged three times before they finally tied the knot.
Hayes isn't a member of the Salt Lake City-based Mormon church that renounced polygamy more than a century ago. Utah makes it a felony to be married more than once at the same time.
"That was the joke from all of my friends — that he was 'trying to fit in' in Utah," Harrison said. "We're not Mormons."