Police implicate Bobbi Ann Finley, 39, and her latest husband in a spree of bad checks totaling $13,500

By Jeff Truesdell
Updated April 10, 2015 02:05 PM
Marion County Sheriff's Office/AP

An Oregon woman dubbed the “Military Mistress” after marrying at least 14 servicemen and draining their bank accounts has left a new trail, this one involving bad checks, police say.

Implicated along with Bobbi Ann Finley, 39, is her newest husband, Zacherie House, 27, both of Dallas, Oregon.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the pair stand accused of opening a Wells Fargo bank account and writing bad checks totaling $13,500 during a spree that has so far stretched into Oregon, Colorado and Oklahoma.

In a 2010 interview with ABC’s 20/20, which interviewed nine of Finley’s former military husbands who said she preyed upon them over nearly two decades, Finley said of herself, “I may be the most hated person in America. But I’m not a con woman.”

After a 2011 fraud conviction and pleading guilty to theft by deception, Finley was sentenced to three years in an Alabama prison.

Finley was named in dozens of warrants across the country, used at least 30 aliases and had nine children by men she met and married by moving from one military base to another, gaining access along the way to their bank accounts, The Oregonian reports.

A former husband, Jacob Anderson, told Portland, Oregon, TV station KPTV that Finley was “definitely smart, charming, beautiful, witty and a very convincing liar,” according to the newspaper.

“She didn’t just steal my finances, you know, she stole a piece of my heart,” a former fiancé, Rodney Wegg, told 20/20.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says that between March 11-30, Finley – aka Bobbi Ann House – and her current husband wrote bad checks at locations such as Cabela’s outdoor outfitters, Safeway and Bi-Mart, purchasing goods that “appear to be items used for camping or surviving in rural or remote areas.” The couple is driving a 2005 Cadillac Escalade.

After their last recorded purchase in Checotah, Oklahoma, deputies “do not know the current whereabouts of the Houses or where they will strike next,” states the sheriff’s office, which reports having a probable cause for their arrest.

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