Crime

Fox News Analyst Pleads Not Guilty To CIA Fraud Charges

Wayne Simmons

A Fox News guest terrorism analyst pleaded not guilty on Oct. 23 to U.S. charges that he falsely claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades, federal prosecutors said.

Wayne Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, a Washington suburb, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

Trial was set for Feb. 23. The Speedy Trial Act was waived because Judge T.S. Ellis III found the case "unusual and complex," the statement said.

Simmons had appeared on Fox News, the top-ranked U.S. cable television news network, as an unpaid guest analyst on terrorism since 2002.

A grand jury indicted him last week for portraying himself as an "Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer" for the CIA from 1973 to 2000. The indictment said Simmons allegedly tried to use that claim to get government security clearances and work as a defense contractor. At one point, he was deployed overseas as an intelligence adviser to senior military officers.

He faces charges of major fraud against the United States, wire fraud and making false statements to the government.

A federal judge has ordered Simmons held in jail, citing arrests for driving under the influence and assault and firearms convictions.

The prosecutors' statement said Simmons' lawyer, public defender Whitney Minter, was seeking a top secret clearance.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Mohammad Zargham) Photo credit: MediaMattersMinute/YouTube

Dad Receives Coded Text Message From Son, Rushes To Help Him

In the middle of the night, West Virginia father Bert Fulks received a text message with only the letter "X" from his teenage son. Immediately, he sprung into action, calling his son to tell him that he will be there in five minutes to pick him up.

Teen Hit With Major Drug Trafficking Charges Let Off; Guess Who Her Dad Is

A woman arrested on drug possession and trafficking charges may be the daughter of a Drug Enforcement Agency office.

Doctors Issue Warning About One Of America's Most Popular Foods; If You Eat It, Stop ASAP

An experiment performed by a doctor in Massachusetts has people questioning whether they will ever eat instant noodles again.

School Claims Braless Senior's Shirt Is See-Through, But She Disagrees; You Decide (Photos)

Students at Helena High School in Montana have backed the right of a female senior student not to wear a bra.

Mother Almost Loses Legs As They Rot From Common Habit Most Women Have

A mother spoke out after almost losing her legs from a deadly infection caused by shaving her groin (WARNING: graphic photos below).