How Does SHE Fit into This?
Throughout this entire case, the one anomaly from start to finish--aside from the incompetency of the justice system--is the involvement of Pamela Long Wiggins. In asking Patrick, the answer I got was not exactly what I expected. His explanation clears up a great deal.
According to Patrick, Pam was the "golden goose". Hugh took an interest in her because of her assets: her antique shop, yacht as well as a few real estate properties. She was a good front for laundering money and was easily manipulated. Patrick's involvement was to protect the "golden goose". He hung out with her and ran errands with her. Hugh's involvement with the ultra-bad guys made her a target especially when he went out "offshore". "Offshore" in his case consisted of his various rendezvous excursions with his Mexican connections.
In the process, Patrick found he genuinely liked Pam. This is the reason Hugh wasn't concerned about the time Patrick spent with Pam. The bigamy charges? That was all Hugh. He was concerned if Pam was ever questioned about his illegal businesses, she wouldn't be compelled to testify if they were married. The fact the marriage wasn't valid wouldn't be initially known by the police. It would work until he could get her out of any trouble.
So she was a commodity to Hugh, his Golden Goose. Well played, Mr. Wiggins...you hung your Sugar Mama out to dry.