Philip Simone Arrested Child Sex Charges Case Of Mistaken Identity
June 4, 2014 by staff
Philip Simone Arrested Child Sex Charges Case Of Mistaken Identity, A MAN says he went from being a Merrill Lynch manager to a shattered school janitor after the feds — in a terrible case of mistaken identity — arrested him at work and threatened to ship him off to Mexico to face charges that he had sex with minors.
New York man Philip Simone, a married dad, is suing the government in Brooklyn federal court for $US2.75 million ($3 million), claiming his life went to pot after they wrongly busted him for being a child molester, reports The New York Post.
“They told me they had a warrant for my arrest in Mexico,” Mr Simone, 57, testified at his civil trial Monday.
“I said, ‘You have the wrong guy. I’m just a family guy.’”
Mr Simone said he first learned he was a victim of mistaken identity when federal marshals approached him at his Merrill Lynch desk in May 2008.
They escorted him to a security room, then dropped their bombshell, he said.
“They told me they had a warrant for my arrest in Mexico,” he recalled. “That’s when the room started to spin.
“They told me they were going to put me on a plane right there. I have never been more scared in my life.”
Mr Simone — who worked in the settlement division at Merrill Lynch’s Garden City office for 28 years — had the same name as a man sought by Mexican officials for paying for sex with minors in that country.
An ambassador sent an official request to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to arrest the wrong Mr Simone — and even supplied his home address and a copy of his driver’s licence, the suit state.
After being placed in handcuffs and leg shackles, the bewildered dad — with no arrest history — told agents that he wasn’t the man they were looking for.
Federal prosecutors let Mr Simone out on bail with a warning.
“They told me I had a week to prove my innocence,” he said.
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