Fox News guest terrorism analyst arrested for falsely claiming to work for the CIA
A guest terrorism analyst on Fox News was arrested on Thursday on charges of falsely claiming to have been a CIA agent for decades, according to US prosecutors.
Wayne Simmons (62) was indicted by a grand jury on the charges. In a statement released by the US Attorney's Office for Virginia's Eastern District, he is believed to "bogusly portrayed himself as an 'Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer' for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973 to 2000".
The statement said that Simmons allegedly used this false experience to gain work as a defence contractor and, at one point, was deployed overseas as an 'intelligence advisor' to senior military officers. The indictment against him states that he claimed his arrest record was as a result of covert CIA work and that he 'defrauded' a victim out of $125,000 through bogus investments.
The charges brought against him include fraud against the United States, wire fraud and 'making false statements to the Government'.
Simmons has appeared on Fox News as a guest terrorism analyst since 2002.
A profile on Amazon.com claims he was part of a Pentagon Programme for military and intelligence analysts.
A spokeswoman for Fox News said that Simmons had not been paid for his appearance and the CIA has deferred all queries on the matter to the US Attorney's Office.