Bobbie Lei Sales: Scam artist targets our military and first responder families

My name is Rachel Totten Keith of Weatherford, TX. I retired from the US Air Force in 2014 after 17 years in the Security Forces career field. At my final duty station, I worked full-time as the Command (Criminal) Investigator at Naval Air Station Fort Worth and I voluntarily served on the City of Fort Worth Commission for Women in 2013.

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Bobbie Lei Sales introducing herself as NCIS and Mercy Air flight medic.

In 2015, I was a member of a Facebook group for military members and their supporters called “Military Chive Nation.” After a seemingly benign request for friendship from a fellow group member, a woman identified and known only as “Bobbie Lei” directly messaged me and introduced herself as an NCIS agent. Not knowing that I worked with NCIS professionally, she began to describe herself and her experiences in a manner that was inconsistent with the conduct and duties of a legitimate law enforcement officer of any sort. After a couple of months of occasional messaging back and forth, I realized that Bobbie’s stories were not adding up. Because of the improbable nature of the statements she made to me, as well as the contradictory information contained in her resumes, online profiles, and various media interviews, I found cause to pursue my own private investigation into Bobbie Lei Sales’ background. Identifying myself as a private citizen, I obtained redacted police reports via FOIA requests from municipal police departments and county court documents which demonstrated that she is a mentally unstable, delusional con artist with sociopathic behaviors who takes advantage of military men by seducing them into marriage for financial support. I was also able to obtain a copy of an investigative report by social services in the state of Kansas which concluded that she physically abused her second husband’s 5-year-old son for which a restraining order was obtained—restricting access to her own step son.

A quick Google search of her various legal names used, revealed several links to well-known news agencies such as The Daily Beast and AOL.com (as well as blogs) that published articles in 2014 detailing Sales’ pursuit of justice from the Department of Defense. In the articles she claims that throughout her first marriage, her husband, Marine Richard Moulder, physically abused Bobbie to the point of requiring several rounds of corrective surgery. Bobbie also claimed she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Moulder, and was even forced to have sex with other Marines. She claims Moulder was arrested by both military and civilian law enforcement for the abuse but the DOD refused to prosecute her husband due to the “good old boy system.” However, the report Bobbie made to NCIS was found to be unsubstantiated—Moulder was never arrested by any law enforcement agency and no charges were ever filed against him. Furthermore, Bobbie has accused all three of her husbands of abuse, resulting in the false arrest of her third husband in 2018. Bobbie has used the news articles and her fraudualent reports of assault to gain sympathy online and even established Go Fund Me accounts, asking the public to help her get justice by donating money so she can fly to Washington, D.C. in order to testify at the Pentagon about how the military failed to protect her.

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Bobbie Lei Sales’ claims to working for Middletown PD and Bristol FD in Rhode Island.

Bobbie is able to profit financially by misrepresenting herself as a former military servicemember, an active duty service member, as a police officer, as a flight medic, cancer survivor, FEMA representative, victim’s advocate for San Diego children’s abductions unit, and more, through the use of forged documents, her sponsors’ military status, and internet resources to include Go Fund Me fundraising accounts and the deliberate manipulation of disabled veterans and Gold Star families’ heartache. Lt. Servin from the San Diego stated to Marcella Reed Monroe that “on the night of March 19th, [Bobbie] identified herself to me as Counsel and legal Aide to Mr. Joshua Reed, and wanted to me force you to hand over your daughter for the order of protection, Mr. Reed was nodding in agreement.” Bobbie preys on the families of fallen service members by falsely claiming that she lost a brother in Afghanistan and then uses the connections and relationships she develops with the families to gain their trust and sympathy. Unbeknownst to the service members’ families, Bobbie has raised money on their behalf to “help cover incidental expenses until life insurance kicks in.” Once she raised enough money, she claims to give the money to the families but keeps the money for her personal use instead.

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Bobbie Lei Sales claiming her fraudulant certifications and training.

In 2015, Bobbie was able to obtain a volunteer position with a legitimate non-profit in San Diego, CA called “Independence Paws” by befriending the founder and president Lauren Trathen. Independence Paws trained disability service dogs and donated them to those in need, including disabled veterans. Trathen funded her programs through donations from the community and her own income. Bobbie led Trathen to believe that she was veteran like Trathen herself. Bobbie also claimed to have attended a Department of Defense military working dog course that qualified her to train and certify service dogs to provide comfort, aid, and assistance for the disabled community. Under the name of the “Independence Paws” organization, Bobbie engaged in many other types of illegal activity to include theft of property from Independence Paws, theft of funds, fraud, and sold rescue dogs as trained disability service dogs to disabled veterans in order to raise money for personal financial benefit. Bobbie took a completely untrained rescue dog, updated his shot record, and sold the dog as a service dog to a disabled veteran in Colorado for $2500. She forged documents and created fake certificates to give to the veteran and flew the dog from California to Colorado using fraudulent documents. The veteran soon realized the dog was not only untrained but was not even potty trained. The veteran was forced to give the dog away and was never able to get his money back. Because of Bobbie’s fraud, Trathen had to close her non-profit and lost thousands of dollars and her life’s work.

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Bobbie Lei Sales claiming her brother was special forces and was KIA.

Bobbie is also known for adopting rescue dogs and rebranding them as former law enforcement K9’s for sale or “donation” and claims to be a former military working dog handler, certified to train dogs as disability service animals. In November 2016, she petitioned the Indiana courts for modification of the custody order for her two children. The father was awarded full custody and Bobbie was only granted limited supervised visits. She was in dire need of money to pay her attorneys because they would not represent her without being paid upfront. So in one day, Bobbie started a Scentsy business (which was also used as a fundraising scam “on behalf of gold star families”) and she created a WordPress website for a non-existent “501c3 tax-exempt organization” called Special Forces Bravo. Special Forces Bravo does not exist other than on her website. There is no such organization registered in the two states  Bobbie was residing (Rhode Island or California) nor is it registered with the IRS, despite her claims that SFB received its 501c3  tax exempt status as a non-profit corporation. She is not listed on any board for any organization either. After she created the website, Bobbie began a fundraising campaign by posting links to her website in military and law enforcement Facebook groups and solicited donations to help provide training for service dogs and to help support and locate working dogs for law enforcement agencies. Several disabled veterans applied to receive a trained service dog at no cost. Applicants that I was able to interview stated that they never received a response from Special Forces Bravo and one stated that after being promised a free dog, Bobbie began requesting hundreds of dollars in order to receive a dog. At least one untrained dog was donated to Bobbie and she was able to place one with the Alamogordo Police Department at no cost. Because she does not have the capability to train a service dog, she claims on her website that the “service dog” she sold for $2500 was donated under the name of the Special Forces Bravo charity.

 

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In 2017, Bobbie began an intimate affair with Joshua Reed, a sailor stationed at the same base as her then husband. Joshua Reed and Bobbie decided they were going to leave their respective spouses in order to be together. Reed did not want to pay child support to his wife, Marcella Reed, and he believed Bobbie would be a good step-mother to his daughter despite not having custody of her own children. Both Reed and Bobbie thought the other had a nest egg and lucrative income. (When they realized they did not have the finances they thought they had, Reed and Bobbie worked together to file false claims with their bank and are currently under investigation by NCIS.) Together, Reed and Bobbie concocted a plan that would maximize the amount of spousal support she would receive from her third husband as well as ensure Reed would receive custody of his daughter (and child support). Both Reed and Bobbie individually called 9-1-1 and reported that their spouses had physically assaulted them. San Diego PD arrested Marcella and Joshua received a temporary protective order and temporary custody of  their daughter. Bobbie had her husband arrested and received a temporary order against him, as well. With the respective spouses in jail, Reed and his daughter stayed over at Bobbie’s home in Coronado, CA. Both divorces are currently ongoing and contentious.

NCIS is currently investigating Joshua Reed and Bobbie Sales. Bobbie has told the California courts that she splits custody of her children 50/50 with their father, Richard Moulder. However, my copy of the most recent custody order shows that she is not allowed any visitation or phone calls with her children. She is only authorized to speak to her children during their therapy sessions over the phone with the therapist present. The state of Indiana has restricted Bobbie’s access to her children because of their concerns regarding her mental health status and that even telephone conversations are harmful to the children.

Marcella Reed has regained custody of her daughter. Bobbie Sales and Joshua Reed are no longer a couple.

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All of the above statements are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and I have evidence in the form of reports, court documents, saved files, screenshots, and interviews conducted with Bobbie’s victims. I have more information on Bobbie Lei Sales but I have included only the incidents most relevant to the current investigations. I am available to answer any questions at make0ut.bandette@gmail.com or rtkeith@outlook.com.

AND MOST IMORTANTLY: If you are a victim of Bobbie Lei Sales/Moulder/Herron, it is paramount that you report the incident to your local police department and/or NCIS. Many law enforcement agencies can even take reports online. And please share this article on social media so that others can be warned. Thank you for reading and for your support.

Special Forces Bravo charity by Bobbie Lei Sales is a scam

UPDATE: Thanks to the exposure of this article, the website for “Special Forces Bravo” has been removed as of February 10, 2019. I am sure it is only a matter of time until the site is back up and running as the scam is too lucrative for the unemployed site owner, Bobbie Lei Sales. The link posted within the article does take you to the cached version of Special Forces Bravo’s home page.

FRAUDULENT NON-PROFIT ALERT!
PSA: As members of the military community, service members, our families, and supporters alike are prime targets for scammers and fake charities looking to make a profit off of our patriotism and others’ sympathy. Because I have had many friends recently deceived by fraudulent Go Fund Me’s and fake charities, I’d like to share tips with our military family on how to identify a suspicious non-profit and what you can do about it. I am including a link to a fraudulent, unregistered charity called “Special Forces Bravo” that is operated solely by Bobbie Lei Moulder Herron Sales that has been making the rounds since November 2016. As I post tips, I will reference why the Special Forces Bravo charity website is suspicious.
So please, before donating, research the organization who will receive your hard-earned money.
(See specialforcesbravok9sforwarriors.com)

1. Research the charity.
Ask the company questions- make sure the company has a legitimate physical address, phone number, and email addresses with domains that match the website’s. If you can, visit the physical address and talk to those that work there or search the address and make sure it’s not another business. Call the phone number listed on the website and request written information that gives the full name, address, and phone numbers of the organization, as well as a list of the board members. Legitimate charities will gladly send information and will never insist that you donate immediately or through online transfer only. Ask the company about its product and how it does business. Ask for a business statement that includes what the company does, how long it has been in business, all its locations, its owners and/or registered agent, and a description of its organizational structure. Ask for a list of references, including companies from which the company buys materials, or beneficiaries to whom the company has donated its products or services. And always ask for the charity’s tax-exempt letter indicating its IRS status. You cannot claim a tax-deductible donation if the charity does not have one. You can even search for tax-exempt organizations on the IRS site. Finally, it never hurts to Google the name of the executive director’s name and the names of its board members. (RED FLAGS: Notice the Special Forces Bravo website lacks specific information such as certifications with dates and schools, there is no physical address for the organization, phone number, or fax number. There is no list of board members or staff, and the CEO doesn’t even give her last name. The link to the Whats Up Newport article is used to verify her credibility but the information she gives makes it clear she is ignorant to the American Disability Act regulations.)

2. Inspect the charity’s website.
Sadly, anyone can create a website overnight and “start” a non-profit with a WordPress blog site and a PayPal account. So how do you determine which charities are legitimate? Locate the website and look for the following: Does it look professional? Are there misspelled words, broken links, or pages that have not been updated? Stock photos? Are the names of board members and staff members listed? Registered non-profits require a minimum of three-board members and usually have many more, so if the website only lists the President or Executive Director, that is most likely indicative of a one-person operation. Also, a legitimate non-profit website domain ends in “.org” or “.net,” NOT “.com.” You may also check the registration data for the website to see if it was created recently or will expire soon. (RED FLAGS: SFB is a WordPress website that was registered in November of 2016 with only a gmail address given as a form of contact. Words are frequently misspelled, the grammar is laughable. The website ends in “.com” signifying a company, not a non-profit. There is one blog post which consists of only a picture of a knitted towel. Again, there are no board members or staff names given. There are frequent requests for donations to a PayPal account-the easiest way to raise money second to a Go Fund Me.)

3. Confirm the charity is registered with the state and is federally tax-exempt (a 501c#).
First step in establishing a non-profit is registering with the state. This can be confirmed by searching for the organization’s name or the names of its board members on the secretary of state’s website or by calling. Searches using even parts of the charity name should bring up the charity. The second major step in establishing a non-profit is filing for a tax ID number (EIN) from the IRS (which takes 24 hours if done online). Next, the charity must apply for its 501(c) tax exemption, which takes months. Again, this is easily confirmed by searching the IRS’s website for the non-profit’s name (or partial name). You can even search if the organization has submitted an application and is awaiting final determination of its tax exempt status. If a board says it is tax exempt or a federal non-profit, ask if they can forward you a copy of the 501(c) tax exemption form. Also, the IRS requires that copies of the charity’s financials including tax documents must be made available to the public; this is usually done by posting the documents on its website. (RED FLAGS: SFB and its owner is not registered in any state affiliated with the owner or any version of its name. SFB is not registered with the IRS as a 501c, does not have an application processing, or an EIN. There is not a single financial document posted on the website, despite its claims it is a federal non-profit.)

4. Verify with other agencies.
Finally, check out the charity with your state consumer protection office or even the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance at http://www.give.org. Other charity watchdogs include Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar. For more information, visit http://www.stopfraud.gov/service-members.html.

5. How To Report Charity Fraud.
It is a federal felony for anyone to engage in mail fraud, wire fraud, or credit-card fraud. Charity-related fraud should be reported to the following authorities:
• Local law enforcement agency
• Local postmaster if fraudulent solicitations or invoices arrive by mail
• State Attorney General’s office: http://www.naag.org
• State charity office: http://www.nasconet.org
• Federal Trade Commission, online complaint form: http://www.ftc.gov
• Local Better Business Bureau, online complaint form: http://www.bbb.org
• BBB Wise Giving Alliance, online complaint form: http://www.give.org
• The Internet Crime Complaint Center, online complaint form: http://www.ic3.gov
• The National Fraud Information Center, online complaint form: http://www.fraud.org

Sigma Tau Sigma: New Military Sorority in the Works

Sigma Tau Sigma, or ΣΤΣ, is a new military sorority founded by Rachel Keith (ret USAF), Laura Andrews (USA vet), Jessica Roza (USA vet), and Drea Williams (USAF) and other female veterans that found that there was a general lack of resources and support both in and outside of the military communities.

Sigma Tau Sigma derived its name from “Sisters Through Service” and their mission is offer support for our military women, as well as provide opportunities for leadership development, access to resources, and will help create bonds of sisterhood that are difficult to establish in the male-dominated Department of Defense.

Keith first thought of the idea of a sorority as she was transitioning from her 17-year career in the US Air Force, Reserves, and Texas Air National Guard as an AGR (active guard reserve member) to the civilian sector. She discovered that female veterans were 50% more likely to be unemployed than their civilian counterparts.

“There seemed to be many support groups and nonprofits that are quality organizations led by men, but just like the military itself, there was not enough information available for important issues like VA health care and resources that specifically addressed the unique concerns and experiences of the female veteran,” explained Keith. Furthermore, a 2009 VA study revealed that from “2000 to 2009, the number of women Veterans using VA health care increased 83 percent” (italics mine)To put this in perspective… “During this same period, the number of male Veterans using VA increased only about 50 percent.”

“Every time I searched online for information and support groups for women, I was directed toward sites and groups for military wives. That is unacceptable in 2017 considering more women than ever are serving overseas since 2001,” continues Keith. “Not only is the general public shocked when I mention I am a veteran and reference my experiences, but even when I approach the facilities at our local VA, it is automatically assumed I am a spouse. As a female vet, I was made to feel like my contributions and experiences don’t count.”

While the VA ha made progress in women’s health care, there is still a long way to go. Probably the most concrete and shocking example of the kind of care women can expect to receive was when a friend of Keith’s sought treatment for her military sexual trauma-induced PTSD at the Dallas Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. The Dallas VA has a private, separate clinic on the hospital grounds for MST victims to seek treatment. While waiting in the clinic, a male combat veteran was checking in at the same time, apparently because his clinic was overbooked. The friend stated that everyone appeared uncomfortable–the females waiting to be seen and the male himself.

Another problem facing female veterans seeking assistance is that not only are there so few non-profit organizations for women, the ones that do exist only seem to be interested in soliciting donations from those women looking for help. One female related that back in 2011-2012, she reached out to such a non-profit seeking help with disability claims and emergency assistance for her children, who were are risk of being homeless due to the loss of income after separating from the military. Her emails and submissions for more information about the programs supposedly offered, were met with emails asking for donations which contained links on how to help veterans in need.

Sigma Tau Sigma is currently working towards obtaining their 501c3 tax exempt status with the IRS as a charitable organization. The 501c3 designation will allow the group to begin fundraising and provide resource referrals, grants and scholarships to cover expenses not covered by educational benefits (which are notoriously difficult to access anyway). Sigma Tau Sigma also plans on organizing activities across the US that allow female vets to participate in group activities such as equine therapy, entrepreneur and leadership mentoring, seminars, and more.

If you are interested in joining Sigma Tau Sigma as a member, please check out their Facebook Group at Sigma Tau Sigma Facebook Group. If you are interested in knowing more about their plans and would like to help, please message the board members at sigmatausigma@gmail.com.