A former Fox News contributor who served as a terrorism analyst plead guilty on Friday to U.S. charges that he fraudulently claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed in a statement that 62 year-old Wayne Simmons of Annapolis, Maryland entered his plea in the Washington D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Virginia. According to Huffington Post, this came after Simmons changed the not-guilty plea he had made in October.
“His fraud cost the government money, could have put American lives at risk, and was an insult to the real men and women of the intelligence community who provide tireless service to this country,” said Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Simmons regularly appeared on Fox News as an unpaid guest analyst on terrorism since 2002. He claimed he was an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973 to 2000, but a grand jury indicted him for lying about this back in October.
In his plea, Simmons admitted to various charges of fraud against the U.S. government including wire fraud and a firearms offense. He confessed to defrauding our government in 2008 when he got a job as a team leader in an Army program. He then defrauded the government once again in 2010 when he was deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence adviser.
Simmons is currently facing up to 40 years in prison, and he will be sentenced on July 15. How do you think he should be punished? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.