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3 Camp Pendleton Marines Discharged After Faking Marriages

Three San Diego Marine corporals have been discharged for bad conduct after admitting they faked their marriages to receive housing allowances.

The three pleaded guilty to stealing from the government through fraud at a special court martial, 1st Lt. Maureen Dooley, a Marine spokeswoman, said Monday.

In the scheme, Cpl. Ashley Vice, who is a lesbian, and her girlfriend, civilian Jaime Murphy, pretended to be married to two male Marines, Cpl. Jeremiah Griffin and Cpl. Joseph Garner.

As a result, they got a $1,200 monthly housing stipend meant for married Marines to live off base.

Vice has previously said in media coverage that she and her partner were forced to enter sham marriages because they couldn't afford to live off base without the extra money.

The military doesn't provide allowances for unmarried couples, Vice said.

Despite the repeal of the military's ban against openly gay or lesbian members, same-sex couples, even if married, would not be eligible for benefits because federal law defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The three Marines were assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton. In addition to discharge, they face $5,000 in fines. Vice will also serve three months' confinement.

The discharges were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

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Missionaccomplished | October 18, 2011 at 8:54 a.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

So why didn't they take advantage of the repeal of DADT and marry each other? lol I guess lack of brains knows no "orientation." Now after their confinement, they will be dishonorably discharged.

Thank you KPBS for NOT omitting this story.

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Len | October 18, 2011 at 3:08 p.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

The military does not recognize same-sex marriages. They would not have received the married housing stipend. I guess lack of brains doesn't interfere with posting ignorant comments.

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Len | October 18, 2011 at 3:13 p.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

(Continued). The article says, "Despite the repeal of the military's ban against openly gay or lesbian members, same-sex couples, even if married, would not be eligible for benefits because federal law defines marriage as between a man and a woman."

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Missionaccomplished | October 19, 2011 at 11:08 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Be patient, Lenny. Your people are working hard to change that too.

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HarryStreet | October 20, 2011 at 9:21 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Maybe the military should push to be unionized like our police and fire departments? After all, the military is serving the country too. That way they can receive the same pay and pension benefits as do cops and fire department personnel.

Wait----how will we pay for that?

Seriously, we don't know all circumstances. As a vet, I do know it's tough to live off base on military pay. The chain of command views this as not their problem. After all, they have a war to fight for the time being. This doesn't justify duping the system. Karma will catch up with all of us. But it is a sign that military leaders need to look at affordable housing to prevent acts such as this.

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