Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)
by Alana Branch, Veterans Affairs Editor
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John J. Simon, Jr., a 69-year-old Vietnam War veteran from Stafford Springs, CT, plead guilty on Monday, Oct. 3 for mail fraud and structuring currency transactions, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in Connecticut. From March 2009 to August 2010, Simon defrauded four veterans in exchange for money in the case that he help them obtain increased benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, as reported in court documents. These veterans either suffered from service-related disabilities or an illness, making it easy for Simon to conduct his scheme.
Over time, he would victimize a total of 16 veterans for over $500,000 and keep the funds for himself.
Simon was arrested on May 15, 2013 and faces 30 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for January 10, 2017.