Unhappily married woman in Illinois with four young children starts writing an AOL journal.
She begins internet "correspondence" with Michigan man who also has a journal.
She believes he is a successful financial adviser and a decorated former member of the Special Forces.
Unhappily married woman ends marriage. Coincidence? I think not.
Internet thing becomes live action thing.
Michigan man moves to Illinois in December 2005 to live with woman and her four children in her home following her divorce.
Have I mentioned her children?
Illinois woman tells a friend Michigan man is going to make her rich.
Michigan man and Illinois woman stop writing in their journals for the most part. Why bother?
In May 2006, a new entry is suddenly posted in the man's journal, Surrounded by Nincompoops.
It is written by a woman who claims
she is the wife of the Michigan man. Among other things, she says Michigan man is
not who he says he is.
In a follow up IM, she says one day he told her he was going out to
get a new wedding ring for himself [to please her] and she wondered why he didn't come back.
In an email to this writer, the Illinois woman claims the Michigan man
divorced this wife in 2001. And gave her a substantial settlement.
Wife in Michigan says nope -- never happened. After checking with her attorney just to be sure.
Prior to Michigan man's disappearance in December, he emails wife a
copy of an email letter that appears to be from the Army. With a job
Turns out the military does not offer people jobs via email, even
retired lieutenant colonels. Especially PRETEND retired lieutenant
colonels. No matter how many dot.govs and General Bag o Winds' names
are on it.
[The FBI is still laughing over that one.]
On his way to buy ring before re-upping into the Army, Michigan man
plans quick stop in Chicago. Time to defend self in person before the
Commodities Futures Trading Commission.
Client got hinky about his trading practices.
House of cards begins to tumble.
Good bye dear wife in Michigan, I must go now. Errands to run before I get my gun.
Instead Michigan man apparently drives not to Chicago, jewelry
store or the Army, but to Southern Illinois to be with woman with four
never to return.
Wife says he did email and call. Hello dear
wife, I'm in the Army now. I hate missing Christmas with you and the kids.
In March of 2006, a newspaper in
Michigan alleges that the still married man now living in Illinois with
another woman faces multiple lawsuits and huge fines for bilking
hundreds of people out
of thousands of dollars in a hedge fund Ponzi scheme. Michigan wife feels shock and awe.
Wife's name is on his businesses so she is also being sued.
Fraud comes to light when clients suddenly cannot reach him. Computers for his businesses disappear.
Wife in Michigan says she learns he doesn't have a license to trade.
She also accuses husband of lying about his alleged twenty year career
in the Special Forces after contacting the Army while trying to find out
where he was.
Wife claims the Army says runaway husband received a less than honorable
discharge when he was still in his teens and they haven't seen him since.
Illinois woman claims that the Army would not tell the wife anything because of his "clearance."
Michigan man's friend of thirty years is affected by Ponzi scheme. Two sons who
worked with man are also affected. Six more children who have considered him a father,
biological and otherwise, are affected. Plus there are four more kids who will be affected.
Did I mention yet another woman he was also having an affair with? She paid a visit to his wife in Michigan.
Is your score card running out of room?
Writer of this journal emails woman
in Illinois to inform her of the article about the lawsuits and says,
in effect, are you nuts?
Cut and paste these links to read for yourself:
ENTRY BY WIFE IN MICHIGAN AT NINCOMPOOPS JOURNAL:
PICTURE OF MICHIGAN MAN WITH CLAIM OF TWENTY YEAR CAREER IN MILITARY
COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION ADVISORY