Jill Kelley, the whistle-blower on the Petraeus affair, which made the CIA director resign, is a Florida socialite that lives in a million-dollar mansion and drives an expensive car.Kelley, an “unpaid” social liaison for the MacDill Air Force Base, has been referred to as the “Tampa Kardashian,” because of her lavish lifestyle, the Chicago Tribune reports. She emerged as a key figure in the Petraeus scandal, for her connection to the former CIA director.
She volunteers for the International Council of the Tampa Bay Region and holds dinner parties inviting army higher-ups and dignitaries. Jill and her husband, cancer surgeon Scott, live in proximity of the United States Central Command base in Tampa, in a 4.5-bathroom $1.5 million (€1.17 million) brick house.
Kelley's Mercedes S500 sports special license plates, as the married mother of three received the title of “honorary consul” for South Korea, with the help of general Petraeus.
When she believed a reporter was trespassing on her Tampa property, she called the police, asking for diplomatic immunity. However, Kelley has only been awarded a ceremonial title, which does not grant her said immunity.
“I'm an honorary consul general, so I have inviolability. [...] I don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well,” she said, in her 911 call.
USA Today informs that the Kelleys are millions of dollars in debt, and have been sued nine times by separate financial institutions.
They purchased a three-story office building for $2.1 million (€1.64 million), before foreclosing on the property, and were left with $250,000 (€196,278) in debt on their line of credit. They were also sued for $25,880 (€20,318), in 2010, by Chase Bank, and for $79,876 (€62,711) after that, by FIA Card Services.
In 2010, Regions Bank sued for an unreturned loan of $250,000 (€196,278), dating to July 19, 2005. The bank settled for receiving $85,000 (€66,734).
Kelley has recently been linked to General John Allen, NATO forces ground commander in Afghanistan, who she had been emailing for the past two years. Their 20,000 to 30,000 emails were dubbed “flirtatious” by an army source.