May 21, 2015 11:38 AM
Hampton man charged with fraudulently officiating weddings, issuing fake marriage certificates
BRENTWOOD – A Hampton man who led people in saying “I do” has been told “no, you don’t.”
Scott Baldwin, 55, is accused of posing as a justice of the peace and issuing fraudulent marriage certificates after state prosecutors say he officiated at two weddings – one in 2009 and one in 2014, the Union Leader reports.
Baldwin has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of tampering with public records, felony witness tampering and forgery in connection with the two weddings.
Prosecutors say Baldwin was never a justice of the peace and made false documents that appeared to be signed by an official at the Hampton town clerk’s office.
The issue came to light after Baldwin’s niece, Tara Wayman, had applied for a marriage license at the Hampton town clerk’s office. When the license was about to expire, the town clerk’s office sent a letter. But Wayman said she had been married and had received a marriage certificate.
Town officials soon determined the document was a fraud. Investigators say Wayman contacted her uncle and that Baldwin admitted it was fake but said “if you really love me, you’ll let this die down.”
Further investigation led to the discovery that Baldwin had officiated at two other weddings dating back to 2008. Baldwin, however, is facing fraud charges on only one of those marriages. It turns out one couple he claimed to marry are already divorced.
Baldwin will be arraigned later this month in Rockingham County Superior Court.