43-year old South Korean teacher Rachel Lee thought she met the man of her dreams back in August of 2013, when she started dating U.S. Army First Sergeant, Scott Fuller. Four months later they tied the knot, in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony.
What Lee didn’t know was that her 40-year old all-American sweetheart already had a family back home in Rockland County, New York.
Fuller reportedly amassed $50,000 in credit-card debt while overseas and left Lee high and dry. “It has been very, very tough for me,” she told The NY Post. “Quite honestly, I do feel suicidal,” she said.
Lee has retained a lawyer from a New Jersey firm that specializes in Korean issues. “She was head over heels,” said attorney Howard Myerowitz.
Myerowitz is seeking restitution for the $50,000 that Fuller allegedly owes his client.
Wife No. 1 Marianne Fuller reportedly said, about Lee, to a Post reporter: “She was never officially married to him.” Marianne has two small children with Scott.
When Lee first met, then later married Fuller, she says she knew nothing of his first wife. He reportedly supplied South Korean officials, with a premarital certification on US Embassy letterhead, attesting he was single. But Lee soon found out her serviceman sweetheart was leading a double life.
When Fuller asked his new bride for help reformatting his cell phone, Lee discovered loving “happy anniversary” emails that he’d recently sent to Marianne.
She called local authorities and filed a complaint for forgery. U.S. lawyers provided the Post with documents including a NY state judgment of divorce — claiming Fuller and Marianne had divorced. Fuller submitted those papers to a Korean court.
Last October, Fuller was convicted in a Korean court and sentenced to eight months in prison, but Army officials “quietly” reassigned him to Fort Drum in Jefferson County, New York.
Officials at Fort Drum did not comment on the matter.
Lee’s lawyers allege that Fuller “kept up his ruse” through an alleged trail of “bogus paperwork.” However, he has not been prosecuted for bigamy or fraud.
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