Couple Allegedly Stole $5M to Prep for 'Fall of US Government'

A Florida couple is accused of stealing $5 million allegedly used to prepare "for the fall of the US government." An arrest warrant states Gretchen Camp of Jacksonville admitted to stealing from Swisher International, where she worked as a tax manager, partly because her unemployed husband "wanted more than she could afford to buy" on her $80,000 salary. The 36-year-old woman allegedly penned and paid bogus invoices totaling $4 million to a Georgia-based company owned by a friend beginning in late 2017. Investigators say the funds were then transferred to her husband allowing him to purchase a 460-acre Georgia farm surrounded by a 6-foot-high chain-link fence, on which a cabin was built.

The couple is also alleged to have bought a $500,000 condo in Florida; nine vehicles, including classic cars; "a significant number of firearms and ammunition"; and "significant sums" of gold and silver. The husband declined to explain his so-called preparations Tuesday in Court.  He and his wife pleaded not guilty to fraud, grand theft and money laundering charges, which could bring up to 30 years in prison. They're free on $250,000 bond, though a judge said it could be revoked if bond money was found to come as a result of the alleged theft. According to local news agencies, it continued even after the wife's initial arrest. Apparently, she altered bank details so that a $1.1 million refund issued to Swisher arrived in her husband's account.

 
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