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Ex-Guard NCO awaits insurance fraud sentence

Sep. 12, 2012 - 05:47AM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 12, 2012 - 05:47AM  |  
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RICHMOND, Va. — A retired Virginia Air National Guard noncommissioned officer faces prison time for forging death certificates so she could collect life insurance benefits.

Retired Chief Master Sergeant Vickie T. Armes will be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Richmond.

Armes collected more than $800,000 from Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance by falsely claiming her own death and her husband's death. According to court papers, she squandered the money on Internet gambling. She pleaded guilty to stealing government funds.

Armes' attorney cited the woman's gambling addiction in asking for a lenient sentence. However, prosecutors said they have new evidence showing Armes pulled the same scam against another insurance company before the claimed onset of a gambling addiction.

Armes served 31 years in the Virginia Air National Guard.

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