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3 local marines accused of marrying for financial gain

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Three local Marine corporals are facing charges of defrauding the government for entering into sham marriages for financial gain.

The MCAS Miramar-based Marines will face fraud and larceny charges.

A Marine spokeswoman says the scam was hatched when a lesbian couple, one a Marine and the other a civilian, decided to live together off base, but couldn't afford to do so.

The military says the female Marine found a male Marine willing to get married, allowing them to collect a housing benefit.  The civilian woman also married a male Marine and she too collected government funds.

The female Marine and the two male Marines now face charges and may have to pay back $75,000 dollars to the Marine Corps.

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