We all know that there are those who play by the rules and those who never play by the rules. One has to wonder how many of these people got away with this scam, but it is a doozie. Women who married GIs deployed over seas in World War II got to collect their $20 a month from the US government. Many women married multiple partners, guessing that they would never be discovered. This allotment was a stipend to servicemen’s wives and because they were not being tracked, these “Allotment Annies” were bald-faced liars and brazen about it.
One Elvira Taylor was a dime a dance girl at a Norfolk hot spot that catered to sailors. She married six of them and was discovered in the strangest way. Two of her husbands met in Australia. After a fistfight, they colluded to prosecute her.
The American Bar Association claimed that tens of thousands of women were doing this very thing.