Phony veteran arrested for soliciting donations

NORTH MYERS, FL (WPTV) – A homeless man arrested more than 70 times is in trouble again, this time for impersonating a veteran in order to solicit donations at a North Fort Myers, Florida shopping center.

When deputies arrived at Weavers Corner shopping plaza, they found 57-year-old Jeffrey Prince wearing a full Army uniform, with a cardboard sign asking for help. Witnesses at the shopping center told deputies that Prince claimed to be a homeless veteran and needed assistance.

Authorities asked if Prince had ever been a member of any branch of the military, Prince told them he served in the army in Texas, but would not provide his years of service.

Law enforcement reported the name on the uniform Prince wore read “Parsons” and showed insignia of a Private First Class.

Upon further investigation, authorities discovered Prince tried to receive humanitarian care and enroll at the VA, but was ineligible because he never served in any branch of the military.

Once taken into custody, deputies said Prince yelled obscenities at them.

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