Thursday, October 15, 2015

A frequent Fox News guest who claimed to have ties to the CIA was arrested on Thursday for lying about his connection to the agency.

According to Mediaite, Wayne Simmons was indicted by a federal grand jury in connection to alleged misconduct for a litany of charges including making false statements to the government, major fraud and wire fraud. The 62 year-old was typically identified as a “terrorism analyst” by Fox, and he often touted his “CIA record” on the channel. Among other things, Simmons claimed to have worked overseas for the CIA as a “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” from 1973-2000.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia issued a press release today saying that Simmons, “used that false claim in an attempt to obtain government security clearances and work as a defense contractor, including at one point successfully getting deployed overseas as an intelligence advisor to senior military personnel.”

Court documents that were unsealed today revealed that this is not the first time Simmons has been in trouble with the law. In fact, he has a “significant criminal history, including convictions for a crime of violence and firearms offenses.” The documents go on to say that Simmons “is believed to have had an ongoing association with firearms notwithstanding those felony convictions.”

Simmons was arrested on Thursday and appeared in court this afternoon. If convicted of all the charges against him, he will be facing up to 35 years in prison.

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