by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
Robert Simeone, a former Palm Beach County,Florida Sheriff’s deputy and US military veteran, originally faced up to 175 years in prison for the 30 felony charges he pleaded guilty to this month. However, despite the long list of crimes, including stealing from a children’s charity, Simeone will spend just five years behind bars thanks to a likely blue privilege-inspired plea deal given to him last month.
Simeone, 49, pleaded guilty to 30 felony charges for stealing $50,000 from a children’s charity and paying kickbacks to lure patients into a drug treatment center he ran in West Palm Beach.
Recently, this prior ‘pillar of the community’ stood before a judge and admitted to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from children in a charity he set up to get rich in the name of dead cops and veterans.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, in 2017, Simeone became one of the first individuals ensnared by State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s Sober Homes Task Force. It’s a law enforcement push against abuses in the area’s drug-recovery industry. There have been more than 100 arrests in three years.
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