They are a unique band of brothers. Nine military men bonded together to fight, in their words, a domestic terrorist. Bobbi Ann Finley is reportedly known as the military mistress and the bigamist bride but these men simply call her the devil. The men say she preyed upon them, allegedly stealing not just their money, but also their hearts.
Over the span of nearly two decades, Finley reportedly traveled across the country marrying at least fourteen times and, according to her ex-husbands and former fiances, draining bank accounts in nine states. Finley is also believed to have at least nine children with almost as many men, fathers who say they are left in the dark and want to know the truth.
In June, Finley finally surfaced in New Orleans, where she was arrested and later extradited to Alabama on 2 counts of theft by deception and a misdemeanor charge of writing a bad check.
"I don't think it will ever stop," said Formal Lance Corporal Cory Wynne, one of Finley's reputed victims.
Wynne said he met Finley six years ago, when he was just 21 years old, at a Denny's Restaurant near his Marine base in Southern California and was impressed by her apparent trademark seductive story.
According to Wynne, Finley claimed to come from a wealthy military family. He said she told him her father was a four-star general, and she was due to collect a $750,000 inheritance. But, Wynne added, there was a catch. He said Finley told him she had to be married in a matter of months to be eligible for the windfall.
Wynne said Finley also claimed she was pregnant, from a rape, and wanted to keep the child. Wynne said he believed she was sincere and needed his protection. "I really started to care for her. You know, deeply," Wynne told 20/20, "I was the rescuer. I was trying to help somebody in a really bad situation. She played on that really well."
Within two weeks, Wynne said, they were married. He said Finley went on a spending spree right away and checks she wrote on the newlywed's joint bank account started bouncing. Wynne said Finley promised her inheritance would cover it, and again, and he said he trusted her.
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Life With the Military Mistress
"Okay, you know," said Wynne, "We're going to have a family, we're going to have a nice place and stuff like that because she's supposed to get some money."
Little did Wynne know that he was not the only serviceman allegedly conned by Finley's tall tales. Just five months earlier, and 1,300 miles away in Texas, Former Army Reservist, Rodney Wegg, said he had also fallen for a charming woman with a compelling story of money and misfortune. Wegg was a medic stationed at Fort Sam Houston, when one night, at a San Antonio karaoke bar, he said he was introduced to a big-voiced Bobbi Ann Finley.
Wegg said he too fell for her hard luck story. According to Wegg, Finley told him she was a divorced mother who was in the military herself and that her ex-husband had kidnapped her children. On top of all that, she made Wegg feel as if he was the man of her dreams, he said.
Wegg said he thought he found the "perfect little Good Housekeeping housewife." He said she was an excellent cook, kept a clean house, and had a lovely singing voice that had captured his attention at the karaoke bar. Wegg said that two weeks after they met, Finley announced she was pregnant and they started planning a wedding.
Wegg's mother, Katie Wegg, said she was not thrilled with her future daughter-in-law.
"I just didn't trust her," she said, "I don't know what it was. I have to say, my son trusted — believed her, my ex-husband believed her. They both thought I was being, you know, I guess paranoid."
Katie Wegg said her instincts as a mother proved to be right. According to the Weggs, Finley started writing checks from her fiancé's bank account and soon drained him of all of his finances. The marriage was off. Instead Wegg and his mother filed a police report accusing Finley of forging dozens of bad checks worth thousands of dollars.
It would take three years before Finley was arrested on forgery and fraud charges. Yet even after she was convicted, she spent only eight months in jail for stealing $1,500. Katie Wegg was still not satisfied and she spent the next six years unraveling Finley's history.
A mom on a mission to find Finley's victims, Wegg said she realized that it wasn't only military men who were fleeced. Wegg said she found at least 40 victims across the country who said they too fell for Finley's lies and betrayal. One of them, Wegg said, was Fay Neigut, a former teacher. Wegg said that Neigut told her that in 2007 she took out loans to help Finley, losing close to $20,000. Wegg said she also discovered that Finley attempted to buy a $2.5 million house in San Antonio and $200,000 worth of custom made furniture with money that Wegg says Finley did not have.
The Bigamist Bride Exposed
When Katie Wegg managed to track down 11 of Finley's ex-husbands, she said she made a shocking discovery: while Cory Wynne was still married to Finley, Finley was apparently also legally married to two other men, Jeff Dietiker, and Ben Giles. If true, it would make Finley a serial bigamist. Bigamy is a felony in the U.S.
"In talking to all the guys," said Wegg, "I started realizing, because I started getting the dates they married her, the dates they divorced. Some of them hadn't gotten divorced."
The men say it would have been easier to get over the emotional and financial havoc if there wasn't a special bond that they say will always tie them to Finley. At least four of the men, including Rodney Wegg, now believe that they share a child with Finley. The men believe the children range in ages from 4 to 16 years and are scattered around the country, living with Finley's friends and relatives. The men claim that they did not learn about the children for years and, despite their desire to meet them, have been unsuccessful in getting the information they need to see their kids in person.
Rodney Wegg believes he has a 5-year-old son with Finley. "I always get a little emotional about it. You know, I mean cause that's a piece of me she stole," said Wegg, "She didn't just steal my finances, you know, she stole a piece of my life."
Will Bobbi Ann Finley ever get the long prison sentence the men believe she deserves?
Currently, Finley is in jail in Alabama, but only faces a prison sentence if she is convicted of two felony counts of theft by deception and another misdemeanor charge. While other states hold warrants for her on similar charges, authorities say they have no plans to extradite her.
As for Finley, she acknowledged in an interview with 20/20 that she ruined a lot of people's lives, and that she may have been married to two men at once, but she denies many of the men's allegations, including that she's a thief.
"I may be the most hated person in America," said Finley, "But I'm not a con woman."