"I MUST HAVE BEEN OUT OF MY MIND," SOBS
VICKIE ARMES IN FEDERAL COURT - RETIRED
VIRGINIA AIR NATIONAL GUARD C/MSGT
ADMITS SHE SCAMMED OVER $1 MILLION IN
SGLI AND CIVILIAN LIFE INSURANCE MONEY
FORGED OWN DEATH CERTIFICATE TO GET
$400K PAYOUT - USED MONEY TO FEED
INTERNET GAMBLING HABIT, WOMAN SAYS
SENTENCED TO 3.5 YEARS IN PRISON
© 2012 MilitaryCorruption.com
Vickie Armes didn't say the Devil made her do it, but she did blame a gambling addiction on her habit of forging death certificates for big bucks.
Try over a million dollars on for size. "It's all gone," the retired Virginia Air National Guard C/Msgt told Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond Federal Court.
"I must have been out of my mind," Armes wailed, but the judge was unimpressed.
You see, dear readers, Armes has pulled this scam before, several times.
EVEN REPORTED HER OWN DEATH
TO GET SGLI DOLLARS
First, she ripped off Lincoln Financial Corp. out of more than $200,000 in death benefits. That was in 2005. The next year, Vickie reported her husband, also a retired USAF senior NCO, died. She collected $400,000 in SGLI money. He is very much alive.
Seeing how easy that trick was, she had a close relative report her deceased in 2008 and cashed in on another $400,000 in death benefits.
The U.S. Attorneys Office didn't reveal to us how she was caught, but all her self-pitying didn't go over well with the judge.
Hudson gave her the maximum punishment of 3.5 years in prison.
The 57 year-old former top enlisted ranker "won't pass GO or collect $200." This is no Monopoly game. She's on her way to the lockup when she surrenders to U.S. Marshals on October 5th.