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Scammers ‘Catfished’ And Defrauded Boot Marines In Online Dating Scam
Two people were sentenced recently for defrauding Marines, some of whom are stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, local news station WNCT 9 reported June 5. How’d they do it? They created fake identities on internet dating sites and lured the poor (and evidently lonely) devil dogs into virtual relationships.
One of the scammers, Jones Martin from Hampton, South Carolina, was sentenced Monday to almost five years in prison, plus another five years’ probation, and has to pay $117,000 in restitution. He pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in January.
The other fraudster, Hailey Tykoski of Wayne, Michigan, got five years of probation and must fork over $42,000 in restitution, after she plead guilty in March to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
From 2013 to 2015, Martin and accomplices like Tykoski used fake identities to target young enlisted Marines. The catfishing scheme involved sending text messages and emails to deceive the Marines into believing they were in a romantic relationship.
They convinced the lovestruck devil dogs to take out personal loans from Navy Federal Credit Union and used the victim's personal information to transfer the cash into a different account. The scammers even took out new lines of credit in the victim's’ names, leaving the Marines on the hook to pay off the debts.
It sounds like a scenario plucked straight from a company first sergeant’s onboarding brief. Maybe an updated briefing should simply advise Marines to avoid dating at all while they’re at Camp Lejeune, unless they want to get screwed, and not in a good way.
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
An F-15 is rocking a WWII paint job to honor a B-17 pilot who gave his life to save a wounded crewman
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
After 70 years, service members are finally filing medical malpractice claims against the US military
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.