Former Oakland, Tenn., Mayor Scott Ferguson was booked into the Crittenden County, Ark., jail on Tuesday after turning himself in on a charge of bigamy.
"He was booked in and left. He posted bond and left," said Chief Investigator Mike Callender with the Crittenden County Sheriff's Office.
Ferguson, who is also a former preacher, is accused of having two wives at the same time. He married his newest wife on Valentine's Day of this year. But, after finding out Ferguson was still married to the mother of his four children, the new Mrs. Ferguson filed a complaint in Crittenden County where they were married.
"Bigamy in Arkansas is a Class A misdemeanor," adds Callender.
Ferguson is scheduled to appear in court Thursday in Marion. If he's found guilty, Ferguson could face up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Callender says this is one of the most unusual cases he's ever worked.
"I've been in law enforcement about 20 years and I've never worked a bigamy case," he said.
Ferguson's two wives did cost him his political career. He stepped down as Oakland's mayor in early March, citing marital problems. But, his personal problems could be just the beginning.
The city of Oakland is awaiting results of a state audit, after allegations Ferguson may have misused city funds.
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