A former airman was indicted and accused by federal officials of wire fraud after contacting nearly 100 women in an alleged scheme to get more military benefits, new court documents detail.
D'Montre Green, who served in the Air Force from December 2011 to May 2022 and resides in Houston, was divorced from his wife in March 2017, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas last week.
A month after his divorce, around April 2017, Green "sent messages to at least 93 women, via text message and mobile applications, soliciting marriage in exchange for payment," according to the federal documents.
At the time, Green was a staff sergeant stationed at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in the United Kingdom as a member of the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
Green's Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, was calculated on him being stationed overseas, with the rate taking into account his spouse's location as well. However, he would lose out on certain benefits following his divorce, federal documents state.
According to the documents, Green sent out messages in which he "explained to these women that he wanted to marry them in order to increase the amount of money the DoD would pay him in allowances and that he would share a portion of these payments with his new spouse."
Jon Shelburne, a civilian attorney representing Green in matters related to the case, told Military.com on Thursday that he was unable to comment at this time. The Houston Chronicle first reported about Green's case Wednesday.
Federal officials included one alleged exchange between Green and an unnamed person "on or about" April 24, 2017, in the documents.
"Hello I have an offer if your [sic] interested where I'd be paying you every month, similar to me being your sugar daddy however no sex involved," the documents detailed Green as writing.
He went on to lay out specifically what the arrangement would be, the documents state.
"Btw I find you to be extremely gorgeous," court documents accuse Green of writing. "So basically I would get paid extra from my job by having a spouse/dependent which in return I'd be paying you 500 every month for the next 4 years or however long we agree if your [sic] interested. And no I'm not expecting you to live with me or do any favors, just a title as a wife."
The unnamed person declined the offer, asking instead for $2,000 each month to marry Green.
But he ended up marrying another person, not named in the court documents, "on or about" April 25, 2017, who resided in Texas. Federal officials accuse Green of signing an Affidavit of Absent Applicant for Marriage License form online, inputting his spouse's name and saying she lived in Abilene, Texas.
But officials allege that "on or around" June 16, 2017, Green filed and signed separate military documents claiming he was entitled to an overseas housing allowance for a dependent residing somewhere other than Texas.
"He specified the location of his dependents as 'CA 94106,'" the court documents state. The federal authorities said in the court filings that the ZIP code was bogus.
He received payments that stretched from "in or around June 2017 and continuing until in or around April 2020." At no point did the unnamed person live in California, the documents state.
The difference in BAH for Abilene, Texas, and San Francisco, California, is steep.
Between 2017 and 2020, BAH in Abilene ranged from $1,044 to $1,167 a month. In San Francisco, it ranged from $4,032 to $4,614 monthly.
Federal officials allege the surplus BAH that Green acquired "during the scheme totaled $112,023."
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