Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News
A 38-year-old man has charged with bigamy after his first wife called police when she learned about her husband's second wife in another North Texas city.
A North Texas man is charged with bigamy, accused of having two unsuspecting wives in two Tarrant County cities.
Germaine Gardea, 38, lived in Grapevine with his first wife until May, when she found out he had another wife in Arlington.
He was arrested and charged with bigamy after the first wife alerted police. She found out what was happening when Gardea’s second wife called her after discovering that Gardea was paying her bills.
Investigators say Gardea married his second wife on the same day he filed for divorce from the first but then didn’t show up for the hearing.
Police said Gardea lived with both for almost three years. Investigators said he was able to pull it off because he traveled so much for his job.
Until about six months ago, he was a flight instructor for a company based at the Grand Prairie Airport.
Now, his first wife has filed for divorce.
Gardea posted a $2,000 bond to get out of jail. In returning a request for comment he said he’s “trying to put all this behind me” and refused further comment.