Connecticut Man Charged With Scamming Veterans
A 66-year old Vietnam War veteran from Stafford, Connecticut has been charged with defrauding veterans and their families of thousands of dollars since 2009. According to prosecutors, John J. “Buzzy” Simon told several veterans or their family members that he would help them maximize their VA benefits or get other money from the government. Allegedly, Simon took a fee in advance for his services, but never provided any assistance or services to these families.
Prosecutors also assert that Simon falsely represented himself as a service officer with Disabled American Veterans.
Simon was charged with mail fraud, which carries a potential sentence of 20 years. He was released on a $50,000 bond.