MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBS 2) — A Mount Vernon woman who thought she had married the love of her life, said her wedding day was “a lie” after she found out her husband was married to another woman.

Allyssa Grippo said she thought she knew everything about 31-year-old Karl Nifontoff before she walked down the aisle with him last summer. However, Grippo eventually found out the man of her dreams had another woman in his life.

“I got married and found out my husband was and is still married,” Grippo told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

Grippo said “everything was a lie.” That lie unraveled when she tried to get on her husband’s health insurance but was told she couldn’t be covered because there was already a wife and two children on the plan.

Nifontoff married a good friend in 2006 while dating Grippo, who said her husband told her he married the other woman “so she could become a citizen.”

Grippo’s parents are sick over it all. Her father has to face Nifontoff every day because they both teach at Thorton High School in Mount Vernon.

“There were a lot of tears, you know, why did you do this,” Grippo’s mother, Debora, said.

“It’s sad. It’s very sad. It’s very sad. I don’t try and dwell on the negative because there’s too much negative,” Grippo’s father, Rich, said.

However, Grippo said her memories of her wedding day are bittersweet.

“I had everything I could dream of. I had the beautiful wedding, a beautiful dress. I had the man that I loved,” she said, “It just was not real.”

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