When you’re having an affair, chances are you don’t want to upset the person you’re sneaking around with because he or she could ruin everything for you. For one Navy commander, he tried to end his affair the easy way – by faking his own death.

Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II started the affair in October of last year, telling his love interest that he worked in “special ops.” He even went so far as to give the woman a fake name, and when it came time to end it, he sent out an email to the unidentified woman that stated:

[Ward] asked me to contact you if this ever happened. I am extremely sorry to tell you that he is gone. We tried everything we could to save him. I cannot say more. I am sorry it has to be this way.

Because the affair had been going on for several months, the woman was understandably upset and went to his house.

The problem is, Ward had moved to Connecticut to be in command of a submarine, and the new homeowner told her just that.

Going from a grieving girlfriend to a scorned lover, the woman then went to the Navy and provided them with texts and emails proving the affair. Now Ward can say that he commanded a submarine, but it was only for a week. He’s been reassigned to administrative duties.

Let this be a lesson to anyone else who’s thinking about faking their death – it doesn’t usually work. Especially considering that women can be very crafty and vengeful when you get them in the right state of mind.

Have you ever been caught in a lie?