Man Faked Wife’s Disappearance In Attempt To Avoid Prison
What's the most you would ever do for a loved one? How far would you go to keep them in your life? For Rodney Wheeler that question came to life as he and his wife came up with a crazy plan to try and help her avoid prison time.
Julie Wheeler and Rodney Wheeler were arrested Tuesday on multiple charges in West Virginia State Police. The wild scheme was an attempt to fake Juile Wheeler's disappearance by pretending she plummeted from an overlook as part of an idea to keep her out of having to go to prison, authorities said.
State police said Julie Wheeler was reported missing Sunday by her husband and 17-year-old son. The family went on to claim Julie Wheeler had fallen from the main overlook at the New River Gorge National River, National Park.
This lead to authorities searching for Julie Wheeler for days with no leads, but then they found her Tuesday "alive and well" hiding in a closet in her home.
Julie Wheeler pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud in February after an investigation into "pill mill" clinic operations. She'll be sentenced for that charge on June 17.
While this story is very strange it just goes to show that some people will do anything for love, even if that means coming up with crazy plans that were doomed from the beginning.