John Shannon Simpson claimed he retired from the Marine Corps as a master sergeant after 20 years as an elite Recon Marine and drill instructor, and that his charitable organization was raising money to help recent Marine recruits and their families visit Disneyland.
In reality, Simpson never made it higher than an E-3 and was working as a basic disbursing clerk when he went AWOL for an entire year in the late 1990s, according to the Department of Justice — and most of the nearly half million he extracted from young Marines and their families over two years went straight into his pockets.
LAWRENCE — A prosecutor said an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, 10 magazines, 21 other firearms and "thousands of rounds of ammunition," were among items seized by investigators following the arrest of Lawrence, Massachusetts police officer Carlos Vieira on child rape charges this week.
A Marine staff noncommissioned officer has been disciplined after defending rap artist R. Kelly on Facebook by claiming that men are "biologically designed" to be attracted to underage girls.
Gunnery Sgt. Nicholas Russo received "appropriate administrative action" following a command investigation into his Jan. 10 Facebook comments, said Capt. Matthew Gregory, a spokesman for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.