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Female bigamist remains at large

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are still seeking a woman believed to have married six different men in Gwinnett County without dissolving any of the previous marriages.

Police say five warrants for felony bigamy and five warrants for felony false swearing have been issued for Shawnta M. McBride, 31, of Decatur.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said McBride's illegal marriages occurred Oct. 25 and Nov. 5 in 2004; Feb. 22 and June 6 in 2005; and April 15, 2006.

She married Robert K. Konadu, of London, on Sept. 9, 2004, and that was the only legal marriage, according to Probate Court officials.

McBride, whose whereabouts are unknown, is described as a 5-foot-tall, 125-pound black woman with black hair and brown eyes.

Moloney said the motivation behind the illegal marriages was to help the men, all of African descent, become U.S. citizens.

Moloney said McBride has no prior arrest history in Gwinnett, and officials in DeKalb County said the same.

This is the third bigamy case in Gwinnett County in a matter of weeks.

Police have also charged Alvin Lorenzo Murdock, 37, who is believed to be married to six women, with five counts of felony bigamy; and William James Fairley, 34, of College Park, who is believed to be married to eight women, with seven counts of felony bigamy.

Investigators say both men married their African wives to help them gain citizenship, just as McBride did with the multiple men she married illegally.

Anyone with information leading to McBride's arrests is asked to call the police.