Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Winifred Jones, “Allotment Annie”: War Bride Fraudster – Michigan, 1950

FULL TEXT: Mrs. Winifred Jones, 22, arrested Friday by federal bureau of investigation agents in a Lake Bluff, pleaded not guilty yesterday before United States Commissioner Edwin K. Walker to a charge that she fraudulently married a soldier, and received allotment checks from him, altho she already had a soldier husband.

FBI men said Mrs. Jones, indicted Sept. 8 by the federal grand jury at Grand Rapids, Mich., still is the wife of Corp. Ernest S. Jones, now in Korea, whom she married June 18, 1948. They said she married Corp. Arlie O. Thompson, now en route to Korea, Sept. 22, 1948, but he divorced her last year after learning of her previous marriage. She collected allotment checks from Thomson, however, from Sept. 1, 1949, to last April 1, the FBI said.

Federal authorities said they had been informed that on Sept. 9, the day after her indictment, she married another soldier, Pvt. Clarence Thompson, now en route to Japan.

[“Woman Denies GI Allotment Bigamy, Fraud,” Chicago Tribune (Il.), Sep. 17, 1950, Part 1, p. 29]


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


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