Ex-TV pundit who claimed CIA past pleads guilty to fraud

Wayne Simmons had been a Fox News commentator on the basis of his claim that he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency, but he admitted that he was never employed by or worked with the CIAA former TV news analyst who falsely claimed to have been a “deep cover” agent for the CIA pleaded guilty Friday to a series of fraud charges, officials said. Wayne Simmons, 62, had been a Fox News commentator on the basis of his claim that he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency. As part of a plea agreement filed in federal court in Virginia, Simmons admitted he defrauded the government to gain access to a US Army training program in 2008 and to be deployed to Afghanistan as a senior intelligence advisor, the Justice Department said in a statement.

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