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Stolen Valor, fraud, sexual assault claims mount against charity president, ex-Marine

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John Shannon Simpson (left), the mural of service members lost in the Chattanooga shooting. The mother of Skip Wells was swindled by Simson after raising tens of thousands of dollars to help veterans.

Marines & Mickey founder is worrying about more than his fraudulent charity today … that’s because he’s been arrested in Florida on charges of burglary, kidnapping and sexual assault.

John Shannon Simpson, who started the suspicious charity to help Marine families and honor a lance corporal killed in a July 16 shooting, is being accused by a former employee at the charity of the alleged crimes telling investigators that Simpson had stalked her for months before showing up to her house Tuesday.

The Times Free Press reports she said Simpson carried her into her shower, undressed her and washed her off. He is also accused of penetrating her with his finger. After the shower, she said, Simpson tried to perform oral sex, but she ran out of the room.

It’s being reported the victim texted a friend, and that the friend then asked police to go check on her.

A police sergeant found her when she was hiding from Simpson.

“As (the accuser) approached the officer, he could see a look of fear and concern on her face,” an investigator wrote in the incident report Tuesday.

Simpson’s troubles continue to mount.

Lance Cpl. Skip Wells
Lance Cpl. Skip Wells

As his charity’s president, he partnered with Cathy Wells days after a mass shooting in Chattanooga that killed five military servicemen, including Wells’ son Lance Corporal Skip Wells.

In February 2016, Cathy Wells publicly broke from the charity, saying that Simpson was not all he claimed.

According to a July 2016 story published by the Times Free Press, Simpson is accused of misappropriating his charity’s funds, taking more money than authorized from Marines who donated through direct deposit and Stolen Valor, a federal crime in which someone benefits from a lie about their military record.

According to reports, Simpson made claims that he was a former Reconnaissance Marine and drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Multiple parents of Marines say Simpson also made these claims to them, and his charity’s website has also published his claims.

However, according to the USMC Manpower and Reserve Affairs Department, Simpson actually served for four years and was discharged as a private after a court-martial.

He left the military in August 1997; two months after police in South Carolina arrested him for driving with a suspended license.

In that arrest report, a deputy wrote that the Armed Forces had been looking for Simpson.

After learning in February that Simpson’s military record was in question, Cathy Wells cut ties with Simpson. Her friends say that Cathy Wells helped Simpson raise $160,000 through fundraisers, a $25,000 donation from the Chattanooga Heroes Fund and a personal $75,000 loan.

The accuser in Simpson’s Tuesday arrest had been one of his last supporters. But she told the sheriff’s office that she tried to distance herself from Simpson in October after she said she realized he was committing crimes.

Even so, she said, Simpson texted her sexually explicit pictures. And on Sunday, he showed up to a restaurant where she was eating with her children.

The Navy is also continuing its ongoing investigation into Simpson’s finances.

Ed Buice, a public affairs officer for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), says his agency is still looking into claims against Simpson.

“We’re also still searching for additional victims,” he said, “or reports from anyone with concerns about recent suspicious credit card charges.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Who wrote this? A civilian? Ex-Marine? Really? Granted he’s a piece of garbage but still. You don’t use that phrase, ever.
    Signed,
    A Marine and one of the victims.

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