Suwarti, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was arrested Thursday after the wife alerted authorities, several months after the pair got married in a ceremony on Java island.
Suwarti has admitted to the deception and could face up to seven years in prison for falsifying her identity, according to local chief detective Muhamad Kariri.
All Suwarti would say is that she had been disappointed by a previous marriage, from which she had a 17-year-old child, Kariri added.
“After a whirlwind romance lasting a couple of months, the pair married late last year in their home district of Boyolali, with Suwarti reportedly even hiring people to pretend to be her male alter ego’s relatives at their wedding.
“After several months of married life, Heniyati finally discovered an identity card in Suwarti’s wallet showing who she really was, said Kariri”