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Fire starter also convicted of mail fraud


The past few days haven’t been so great for Felicia Lynne Armstrong.


The 51-year-old Louisa County woman who was convicted Monday of setting a love interest’s church on fire was also recently convicted in federal court of mail fraud.

As part of a plea arrangement reached in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Armstrong pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of mail fraud. Two other counts were dropped.

According to a federal affidavit that was posted publicly Monday evening, Armstrong and her husband, Curtis John Roy, were part of a fraudulent scheme that spanned from 1999 to March 2010.

The affidavit said they were applying for credit cards and subscribing to magazines using fake Social Security numbers and setting up fake addresses in various counties, including Spotsylvania, Stafford and Louisa.

The case against the couple started in February when a man contacted the Fairfax County Police Department to report that his social security number was used to open an account with Capital One.  A Capital One representative had contacted the man to collect a delinquent credit card debt, but the man said he did not apply for the card.

Two charges on the card were made at Quality Picture Framing, a business located on Plank Road in Fredericksburg that is owned by Armstrong and Roy, according to the affidavit.

Fairfax County  Detective Mike Cole investigated the case and said he spoke with Roy, who attempted to help by providing receipts of the transactions.

It was later discovered that the couple had placed several mailboxes in various locations to collect items.

Residents of Spotsylvania and Louisa who lived near those mailboxes said no home existed at those addresses, but they often saw a limousine with a red or orange roof picking up mail at those boxes.

Later, one of the mailboxes and wooden posts were found discarded at the Livingston Dump site in Spotsylvania, according to the affidavit.

Prosecutor Neil MacBride said Armstrong and her husband “played a major role in a fraudulent scheme spanning more than 10 years that resulted in more than $126,000 in losses to nine financial institutions and endangered the identities and credit histories of 37 individuals.”

Armstrong faces 30 years in prison on the federal charge in addition to another 30 years for arson and burglary charges in Louisa County. In that case, she pleaded guilty to breaking in and burning up the church of a fireman that she was romantically interested in earlier this year. He did not return the interest.

Before her arrest, Armstrong was employed as a bus driver for the Spotsylvania County school division. She worked for Spotsylvania schools from Dec. 16, 2008, until her resignation, which was effective Feb. 9, 2011.

Roy also accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in federal court in February.

Sentencing dates for the couple have not been publicly released  yet.

Portsia Smith:  540/374-5419

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