MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- A woman who worked at the Millington Naval facility pleaded guilty to using the families of dead sailors to steal money.
Donna Brown, 45, of Millington, was tasked with coordinating travel and processing travel reimbursement claims for Navy families of deceased active duty sailors.
Between June 2012 and March 2013, she filed at least 19 false claims for travel reimbursement with the Navy using the personal information, like Social Security numbers, of family members of deceased Navy sailors.
Brown put at least $22,500.19 into bank accounts controlled by her and her family members.
Brown faces a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years supervised release.
We went to see Brown at her home in Millington but were turned away.
Lois Wilber, the president of the local Navy Wives chapter, lives a few houses down the road and was shocked to hear the news.
"It's a shock. Because most people who work with the military are very serious, and patriotic. They would never do that," Wilber said.
"I just hope she can live with herself," she added. "Because that's pretty sad."
Wilber says she's been to too many Navy funerals, and was horrified her neighbor was caught scamming people after they've already been through so much. She suspects this will be the talk of the community for the next few days.
Wilber said, "Maybe everybody will let it die over the weekend so we can go back to doing the right thing for the right reason. Helping each other make it through."