But oh, wait, that wasn't the price of the washers themselves; it was the cost of sending them to the Pentagon:
The most expensive washers in history were part of $20.5m the company stole from the Pentagon over the last 10 years. The company shipped plumbing and electrical parts to US bases round the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
The company claimed $998,798 for sending the two washers, which could have been put in an envelope and posted through normal mail for a few dollars.
However, for the scammer, this may have been the most expensive million dollars she ever made:
Charlene Corley, 47, co-owner of the plumbing and electrical firm C&D Distributors, who supplied parts to the military, is awaiting sentence after pleading guilty yesterday to defrauding the Pentagon. She faces 20 years in jail. [...] She admitted her role in the fraud but lawyers placed most of the blame on her sister and co-owner, Darlene, who committed suicide in October after being approached by investigators.
Twenty years in jail and her sister is dead. Pretty costly way of getting rich. Personally, I prefer my peace of mind...