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Man indicted on bigamy charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - A College Park man was indicted Thursday on six counts of bigamy and eight counts of false swearing.

William James Fairley was arrested last year, and investigators said at the time that Fairley had married African wives to help them gain citizenship.

The indictment included seven marriage applications that Fairly applied for in Gwinnett County in 2005 and 2006.

The false swearing charges stem from false statements he made in the applications in that "he had no other previous or current marriages," the indictment said.

On the applications, Fairley listed his residence at several metro Atlanta addresses, including Dunwoody, College Park, Norcross and Lawrenceville.

Fairley's alleged infractions came to light last year after officials charged Alvin Lorenzo Murdock with bigamy for marrying six women in Gwinnett County. After Murdock's arrest, Gwinnett County Probate Court officials began combing through their files looking for anyone who recently applied for multiple marriage certificates and found several for Fairley.