Former marine ‘impersonated his girlfriend by sending emails and withdrawing her money’ in an ‘elaborate cover-up to hide her murder’ (then married another woman)
- Yvonne Baldelli, 42, went missing in November 2011 while living in Panama
- Brian Brimager, 37, accused of dumping bloody hotel mattress in the ocean
- Indictment says Ms Baldelli suffered physical abuse from her boyfriend
- He is accused of sending fake emails and withdrawing cash from her bank
- Brimager said Ms Baldelli ran off to Costa Rica with another man
- Indictment claims ex-Marine then married another woman
An ex-Marine has been accused of an elaborate cover-up of the death of his girlfriend after she disappeared in Panama, including deceiving her family into believing she was still alive with emails and withdrawals from her bank account.
Yvonne Baldelli, 42, has not been seen since November 2011 and her body has never been found.
Her boyfriend Brian Brimager, 37, was arrested by the FBI on Thursday at his California home on charges of obstructing justice and making false statements.
It is also claimed he married another woman just weeks after Ms Baldelli went missing.
Brimager was arrested by the FBI at his California home and charged with ten counts
It also states that on his way back to California he made a two-day layover in Costa Rica and used her ATM card to make it look like she was withdrawing money.
‘Brimager impersonated Baldelli over email in an attempt to trick her friends and family into believing she was still alive, thereby obstructing, influencing and impeding investigation into her disappearance and suspected death,’ the indictment says.
‘He proposed to her two days later and they married shortly thereafter,’ the document states.
Brimager is accused of dumping a bloody mattress in the ocean to cover up his girlfriend’s death after searching online for how to get the stains out.
He is said to have packed her belongings into garbage bags and left them outside the hostel for disposal.
She was last seen at a steakhouse in Bocas del Toro with Brimager on November 26, 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, which also said he physically abused her before she went missing.
He has not been charged with murder but faces ten counts of obstruction of justice and one count of false statement to a federal officer.
Brimager faces a maximum sentence of 205 years in prison and a $2.5million fine if found guilty of every charge.