Monday, April 15, 2013

Mrs. L. J. Vibbard, Military Bride Bigamy Fraudster –Texas, 1944

FULL TEXT: Mrs. L. J. Vibbard of Sweetwater, who has been employed in an Abilene cafe for several months, was charged with cashing allotment checks from two men in the armed forces in federal court here yesterday.

Mrs. Vibbard was held in the county jail at Sweetwater last night in lieu of bond. Charges were filed here by an FBI agent.

She was married by common law to L. J. Vibbard in 1937, it is alleged, and the couple had three children. According to report made by the FBI agent, she was married to James Hope without obtaining divorce, and later to Cpl. Robert E. Keyse, formerly stationed at Camp Barkeley, also without divorce. She is reported to have cashed at least six allotment checks.

County Attorney Charles Nunn of Sweetwater said yesterday that Mrs. Vibbard will not be prosecuted for bigamy if she, is prosecuted in federal court for cashing the checks. “In the event she is not, we shall prosecute her for bigamy.”

[“Sweetwater Woman Faces U. S. Charge On Allotment Checks,” The Abilene Reporter-News (Tx.), Sep. 13, 1944, Morning, p. 10]


Image from newsletter: The Crutch, Regional Hospital Annex, Camp Berkeley, Texas, Jul. 27, 1944, p. 1


For more cases of this type see: “War-Marriage Vampires”& “Allotment Annies"


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