A woman from Augusta had quite a shopping spree.
Heather Boggus spent a whopping $1.73 million on some extremely lavish purchases that include a helicopter and a yacht. It’s a shame she won’t get to enjoy any of it because… well… she bought it all with the money she stole from her ex-husband.
Boggus was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty in Columbia County Superior Court, the Augusta Chronicle reports.
It turns out that Boggus stole the money from Jeb Boggus Construction, her ex-husband’s company.
She used to work for the company as a bookkeeper from 2007 to 2015 and ended up marrying Jerome “Jeb” Boggus Jr. in 2013.
It was a relationship that was already as convoluted as it gets. Heather tied the knot with Jeb but she was still married to Gary Nicholson of H&N Construction. Hey, you can say a lot of things about Heather but you can’t say that she doesn’t have a type.
Roughly a year would go by before the couple separated and, not so coincidentally, Jeb’s construction business started experiencing some surprising financial difficulties.
The business was being bombarded with overdraft charges, lawsuits over nonpayment and back taxes on an apartment complex.
Turns out this wasn’t his doing but instead that of his ex-wife who had been covering up her monthly $50,000 gifts to herself by insisting she was receiving inheritance.
To make matters worse, Heather went far beyond just stealing money from her ex-husband. She did a number on the peace of mind of his ex-wife and children as well.
“Also, in September 2014, Jeb Boggus’ first wife and his two adult children applied for restraining orders against Heather Boggus, contending she made threats, was mentally unstable and had recently purchased a firearm,” the Augusta Chronicle reports. “According to the petitions, Boggus sent harassing texts messages and claimed she was tracking them with GPS.”
Now she will have to pay for her crime by serving the five-year sentence and coughing up $1,732,296 in restitution.