Here is an update on the former 173rd Brigade commander who was relieved for an inappropriate relationship:
The brigade commander seemed born to one day wear stars on his shoulder boards. The son of a distinguished Army general, his own career — including war-zone command of the esteemed 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team — had soared impressively toward flag rank.
Now it’s all in tatters. Fired from command, his next battle will come at court-martial June 11, when he will fight charges that he defrauded the Army out of tens of thousands of dollars to “frolic” with an Iraqi mistress, whom he allegedly made his wife even though he already was married.
If charges prove true, Col. James H. Johnson III is a cheat and a bigamist.
In all he is charged with six counts of violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and 27 specifications. Among them: forgery, fraud, lying and bigamy.
The woman who was his sweetheart while he was a cadet at West Point — and then his wife and mother to his two children — said she was sure her husband was unfaithful but had no clue he had wed his alleged mistress.
Kristina Johnson, 47, said she was shocked to learn about the second marriage, finding out only after being denied Tricare health coverage. She said it was then that she discovered a divorce certificate she suspects was doctored in the process of transferring benefits to the Iraqi woman. She said Army investigators informed her that her husband had married again. [Army Times]
You can read the rest at the link, but besides the adultery and bigamy the amount of fraud charges is just unbelievable. It just makes you wonder how in the world did COL Johnson think he could get away with this? As I mentioned in my last posting about this issue, I just find it amazing that a senior officer would put himself in such a position while commanding Soldiers. It is just makes you wonder how much UCMJ punishment he has issued to Soldiers when he was doing something probably worse than what most of the Soldiers he punished were doing?