My friend's fiancee had gone AWOL from the Army and was arrested. He is now telling her he has been taken to the White House to work off his punishment as a messenger. It does not sound right to me. She said he has to work there from January 1st of this year until December 31st when he will be released. When she talks to him it is on email only. Why would they take him to the White House to work off punishment? He says he is not in a cell and working as a messenger until end of this year. He has asked her for money for when he gets out he can come to her. Does this sound real???????????????????
No, it does not sound real. Punishment and disposition (if a court-martial or administrative separation) varies greatly on a number of factors: how long he was absent, whether or not he turned himself in or was arrested, if he left to avoid deployment, if he left from deployment, etc. But no one AWOL ends up as a messenger at the White House.
No. It's a scam. Tell her to quit paying. He's not a messenger for the whitehouse.
That is a tall tale indeed. In short, it's a big lie. It could be a ploy since he's still on the run to get money and stay on the run. If you're sure he's been apprehended, he would be returned to his unit, possibly but not usually placed in pre-trial confinement pending charges. Usually the Soldier is returned to his unit and just works until he is charged with crime(s) and prosecuted. An AWOL of any length over a year is likely to get several months in jail and a bad conduct discharge. Pretty standard. But your friend is being lied to.
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