A few weeks ago I wrote about a woman (notice I did not use the word “lady”) who was selling used positive pregnancy tests so the buyer could trick her man into marrying her. Well, I guess some guy out there felt obligated to try and out-do her.
Recently, on Craigslist, a guy who says he is a Fort Bragg Soldier, posted that he is looking for a woman to marry so he could receive extra financial benefits.
I guess this guy feels that the extra money, which ranges from a low $867 if he is an E1 to nearly double that amount, if he is a major general or above, is worth getting kicked out of the Army, paying restitution and serving time in prison.
A Soldier at Fort Riley, Kan. was convicted of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and wire fraud. He spent 10 months in a federal prison and was ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution.
Closer to home, a Soldier who was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division was imprisoned for four months, fined $20,000 and discharged for a similar scam.
But that is not all this guy should be worried about. Needless to say his “wife” will want something in return besides a cheap ring and her name on a legal document.
Seems a monthly allowance is fair — probably close to $900 a month. I mean, that is the least I would want.
What would be great is if his “wife” got his power of attorney when he deploys, something he said would happen anyways, which was the reason that he needed to get married soon.
It would be fitting if the “love of his life,” or the “love of extra money,” took him for all he has, which may not be much in the first place, but probably more than she had upon entering this marriage.
It is not like that could not happen. When I was in Korea, the popular story was that a few guys were approached to marry young Korean girls so they could come to the U.S. As a benefit, the lucky Soldier would get $30,000. That was a lot of money in the 1980s.
Well, like any deal that is too good to be true, some of the new brides filed for divorce upon reaching the U.S., as agreed, but then they took the Soldier for all the courts would allow.
What was the Soldier to do, complain that he only married them to get her to the U.S.? Not sure that would have been looked upon favorably by the court.
Better yet, what if his new wife bought a used positive pregnancy test? I understand some are available. Wouldn’t he be surprised to learn he is to be a father and she needs an even bigger allowance?
So to the young man who placed the Craigslist message, use some common sense and pull the message.
Then again, I guess common sense is not quite something you have an abundance of.