Bobbi Ann Finley made headlines across the globe five years ago as the so-called "Military Mistress" — a woman who married a grand total of fifteen men in the armed services, in an apparent effort to empty their bank accounts.
These days, Finley is out of jail, but she's wanted in Colorado and two other states for alleged check-kiting. However, she was released this week after being stopped by authorities in a third state and hasn't been reported as captured at this writing.
Not yet, anyhow.
True Crime Report, one of our sister blogs, posted two items about Finley back in 2010.
The first notes that Finley began trolling military bases for spouses back in 1993, exhibiting a particular fondness for service members about to be sent overseas.
She'd tell them she was the daughter of a Marine Corps general who could only inherit his dough if she got married right away.
Sounds like a scam on par with promises of riches from Nigerian princes sent via e-mail. But somehow, plenty of dudes fell for it.
Once these guys had put a ring on it and then left the country, Finley would steal everything that wasn't nailed down, run up charges on their credit cards until they were maxed out and write bad checks — and she managed to get away with her various shenanigans for years by using bogus Social Security numbers and changing her last name.
Along the way, she's said to have given birth to at least nine children by her various hubbys, with many of them never getting the chance to meet their fathers — at least not as of half-a-decade ago.
Eventually, though, Finley's luck ran out.
A True Crime Report update also published in 2010 revealed that she was arrested after running up a $240 bill at a New Orleans restaurant (she ordered three steaks, ribs, appetizers, dessert and drinks) and then revealing that she didn't have any money.
From there, she was extradited to Alabama, with Texas and Washington eager to prosecute her, too.
Finley wound up serving some jail time, and upon her release, she wed Zackerie House, who at 27 is twelve years her junior — and not in the military, shockingly enough.
He may have demonstrated a certain moral flexibility that appealed to her, though.
According to an article in the Oregonian newspaper published earlier this month, she and House wrote more than $13,000 in bad checks in a few eeks, with $1,500 of this total serving as a fraudulent down payment on a 2005 Cadillac Escalade they purchased from a used-car business in Salem, Oregon.
The pair were also accused of writing bad checks in Colorado and Oklahoma. They were subsequently stopped in Alabama, but cops there let her go, reportedly because she wasn't wanted for any crimes committed there.
Just wait. That could happen at any minute.
Here are three videos about Finley. The first is from Fox12 in Oregon about the recent developments. That's followed by a 2010 item from ABC News and an interview from earlier that year in which Finley claims to be misunderstood.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
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