Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
At 6:30 a.m. on October 15, 2015, the FBI served Wayne Shelby Simmons of Annapolis, Maryland, with an arrest warrant for falsely claiming that he had worked for the CIA for 27 years. In addition to being indicted for major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms offense, counts six and seven (wire fraud) charged that he had also defrauded his girlfriend of $125,000 in a bogus investment scheme.
Wayne Simmons pleaded guilty on April 29, 2016, and was sentenced to 33 months incarceration in a federal prison, plus three years of supervised release, the forfeiting of two firearms, $175,612 in criminal proceeds, and ordered to pay restitution to his victims.
The arrest in October of 2015 was widely publicized at the time, and I can recall talking with a professional journalist about the Wayne Simmons indictment, and comparing him to another man with similar unvetted credentials; Wayne Willott aka W the Intelligence Insider, who most recently was passing himself off as Juan O’Savin on Field McConnell’s Abel Danger program. W had been promoted on the Hagmann Report as America’s James Bond; yet his credentials as CIA had never been vetted by the public due to the anonymous cover he was provided by Alternative News Media programs.
In contrast to W the Intelligence Insider, Wayne Simmons was openly bold in showing his name and face in public appearances, and was able to pass off his false credentials on numerous persons and organizations who did not bother to investigate his resume. As he gained greater prominence on FOX news as a CIA Insider guest analyst, it allowed him to attempt to obtain work on legitimate government projects.
Around the same time as the Wayne Simmons arrest, another con artist was dealing with a civil fraud lawsuit against him
About six weeks after the Simmons arrest, on December 1, 2015, Thomas Schoenberger was providing a Deposition for the Isabelle Gauthier civil lawsuit in which the Complaint against him included allegations of breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud by concealment, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty.
As with Simmons, Schoenberger had defrauded a woman which he had a personal relationship with. Likewise, Schoenberger had received around $400,000 via a bank money transfer for what was eventually revealed to be a bogus investment scheme; those two elements constitute wire fraud.
Thomas Schoenberger also told stories to many people of his involvement in clandestine government operations connected to the Department of Defense and the Pentagon. Apparently the arrest of Wayne Simmons did not deter Schoenberger from engaging in internet “black ops”, for in mid-2016, a mysterious Pentagon Insider ANON showed up on Jim Blake’s YouTube channel. Jim Blake is a good friend of Schoenberger, and has featured another acquaintance of Schoenberger’s, former CIA officer Robert David Steele, as well as sovereign citizen Anna Von Reitz, who fraudulently calls herself a Judge.
The statute of limitations for mail and wire fraud is five years [U. S. C. §3282] and the transaction which represents wire fraud in the Gauthier case, transpired over six years ago, and is now beyond the reach of that criminal statute. As a reminder of the seriousness of federal wire fraud charges, fines are capped at $250,000 and imprisonment is not to exceed 20 years.
According to the Isabelle Gauthier vs. Thomas Schoenberger civil lawsuit, “On June 19, 2014, in reliance on Schoenberger’s agreements, representations, and promises, Plaintiff caused to be transferred 300,000€ (equivalent to about $408,240.00 in U. S. dollars on that date) from her bank to a Wells Fargo account held by Schoenberger. Thereafter, Schoenberger made numerous representations to Plaintiff, orally and in writing, about her interest in the Oasis Project, her investment, and the benefits she was to receive therefrom.” [Gauthier v. Schoenberger, Case BC564759 November 24, 2014 ORIGINAL]
This lawsuit was filed on November 24, 2014, and it was not until more than a year later, on December 1, 2015, that Thomas Schoenberger gave testimony, under oath, in a Deposition to the Plaintiff’s attorney, Jeffrey Wittenberg.
One of the things which became apparent is that the defendant had converted Gauthier’s monies to his personal use, which included wasting it upon a losing streak at casino slot machines.
A number of the questions asked by the attorney taking Schoenberger’s Deposition stemmed from paragraph 4 of the Complaint, which had declared, “Plaintiff and Schoenberger previously had a personal relationship, but were never married. When they met, and through the course of their relationship, Schoenberger told Plaintiff that, among other things, he was a music composer, an inventor, a well-connected international businessman, and worked with the government of the United States with secret dealings of a confidential nature in Iraq. Based on, and without limitation, the matters alleged in this complaint, as well as having been directly so informed by third parties, Plaintiff is informed and believes, and that basis alleges, that apart from being a composer, Schoenberger’s statements relating to his work and dealings were false and misleading, and were designed to cause Plaintiff to develop trust and confidence in Schoenberger.”
That other “ship in the night” lawsuit
It was on October 14, 2015, that United States of America v. Wayne Shelby Simmons was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division. [USA v Wayne Simmons]
The criminal indictment against Simmons involved major fraud against the government, but for purposes of comparison with the civil lawsuit against Schoenberger, we are primarily concerned with two aspects: wire fraud and black ops blarney.
Counts 6-7 (Wire Fraud) of the Simmons indictment state that “From in or about November 2011 through in or about December 2013, in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere, the defendant WAYNE SHELBY SIMMONS knowingly devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud victim E. L. and to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises.”
“It was part of the scheme and artifice to defraud that: a. the defendant falsely represented to E. L. that he was a former agent of the CIA, and used his supposed affiliation with the CIA to bolster his credibility with E. L.; (b). the defendant falsely represented to E. I. that he was involved in real estate investment projects and offered E. L. an opportunity to make a $125,000 investment…”
The press release CIA Impostor Sentenced to Prison for Fraud issued by the Department of Justice on July 15, 2016, stated “Wayne Shelby Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, a former Fox News commentator who has false claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms offense. Simmons was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release, to forfeit two firearms and $175,612 in criminal proceeds, and to pay restitution to his victims.”
“Wayne Simmons is a fraud,” said Dana J. Boente, U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Simmons has no military or intelligence background, or any skills relevant to the positions he obtained through his frauds. He is quite simply a criminal and a con man, and his fraud had to potential to endanger national security and put American lives at risk in Afghanistan.”
Regarding the funds he obtained through wire fraud and misrepresentation from his girlfriend, he simply spent her funds on himself.
So we have two cases, one civil, and the other criminal, that involve wire fraud, bogus investment opportunities to women, and false credentials. Both men pocketed the money gained by deceit and spent it upon themselves. One received an out-of-court settlement judgment of $400,000, and the other, incarceration in a federal prison. Although the prison sentence for Simmons involved other counts involving major fraud against the government, it is interesting that the Grand Jury included the $125,000 fraud against an individual to be in violation of Title 18, U. S. C. §§ 1343 and 2.
How has Thomas Schoenberger represented himself to various associates?
Steve Outtrim of burners.me website, published on June 22, 2019, an article titled Latest Weapon in the InfoWar: Data Maps. Outtrim stated:
Months ago, Esteban Trujillo began interviewing associates of Cicada 3301, and publishing the results on his therealsamizdat.com website. After I had written an article referencing Cicada 3301, Trujillo questioned my reference to a statement regarding Bruce C. Clarke, Jr. as being one of the purported founders of Cicada 3301, saying that he could not find any forensic evidence to support that assertion.
Here is what Thomas Schoenberger stated in a December 18, 2018, legal Petition against the Elsebeth Nellsen Schoenberger Trust, in the Superior Court of Napa. In his Amended Petition, item 7, Schoenberger stated, “In 2005, Thomas met his parents in Vienna and introduced them to Bruce Cooper Clarke, former Deputy Director of the CIA. Bruce was Wolfgang’s Godfather and a close personal friend of Thomas. Bruce never told them exactly who he was, but they developed a close friendship.”
So Schoenberger has claimed to have had a close personal relationship with CIA research director Bruce C. Clarke, Jr. and further in the same Amended Petition, in item 22, he declared, “On Valentine’s Day 2011, Thomas went to see Elsebeth to give her a card and some chocolate. He had been contacted by the Pentagon for an operation in Afghanistan.”
He added, “Thomas told Elsebeth that Faranak might also be going. Thomas indicated that he could not discuss details with her, but asked if Elsebeth could take care of Wolfgang for a week, if necessary. Elsebeth agreed to watch her grandson. Although Thomas cannot provide details of his assignment, both Faranak and his friend, well known movie producer, Warren Zide, were involved, and can testify to that fact. A week later Elsebeth contacted Thomas, angry. She claimed that Thomas was, “making the whole thing up.” Thomas was shocked and in wonder that Elsebeth did not sound like the mother he knew. Elsebeth admitted talking with Steve, whom convinced her Thomas was crazy.”
As will be seen later on in this article, when Thomas Schoenberger provided his 2015 Deposition in the Gauthier lawsuit, which was three years earlier than the 2018 lawsuit against his late mother’s trust, the only names he directly provided in connection with the April 2011 government operation was Bijan Kian, attorney Beverly Saxon Leonard, and Seval Oz.
In the same June 2019, Steve Outtrim article which mentioned that the former CIA Director of Research, Bruce C. Clarke, Jr. was the founder of Cicada 3301, and added that Thomas Schoenberger had worked for the Pentagon, he also stated this opinion:
In another article, LARPWars Part 2-Moving the Goalposts, published on burners.me on July 28, 2019, Steve Outtrim provides this information on Thomas Schoenberger:
Other witnesses to Thomas Schoenberger’s discussions of his black ops world
In a December 2015 Deposition for the Gauthier lawsuit, Brian Weiner, who had interacted with Schoenberger in a business capacity, was asked by attorney Jeffrey Wittenberg as to whether “Thomas Schoenberger ever told you he had worked with the military in any way”. Weiner replied on pages 110-113, that it was intimated that Schoenberger was “working for a triple letter organization inside the United States” and that he had been part of “Black Ops”, “special ops”, and had worked for the Department of Defense.
One of Thomas Schoenberger’s former girlfriends, known by the internet handle Elizabeth Vering, used various social media platforms to viciously defend Schoenberger’s words and actions against anyone who questioned his credentials.
In one lengthy comment to Samizdat, she said in part, “Nor has TS ever been or claimed to have been military. He was a DoD asset and embedded with military at times. He was also wounded overseas far worse that you ever were AFAIK, multiple times. Come to think of it, that should be verifiable with medical records, but that’s not anywhere near the top of anybody’s priority list right now.”
So when, where and how was Schoenberger wounded overseas as a DoD agent?
Let’s review the December 1, 2015, Thomas Schoenberger Deposition for the Isabelle Gauthier vs. Thomas Schoenberger lawsuit, and see if he explains when he was wounded overseas multiple times, as a DoD asset, embedded with the military.
The questioning was done by the Plaintiff’s attorney, Jeffrey Wittenberg, and on page 31, line 10, we read:
Q. Let me rephrase the question. Did you ever serve in the military?
A. As a professional soldier?
Q. Well, I’m going to let you tell us how you think you served in the military, if you’ve served in the military in any capacity.
A. I think it’s a broad question. I think that if you say did I–did I serve in any fashion for The Pentagon? Is that what you’re asking?
Q. So, do you understand what the military is?
Q. Okay. Have you ever served in the Army?
Q. Have you ever served in the Air Force?
A. No. Or the Navy.
Q. Never served in the Navy, correct?
Q. And you’ve never served in the Marines?
Q. Okay. Is there any branch of the military in which you served?
A. The military is presided over by The Pentagon. I want to make it very clear what you’re asking. I’m wondering if you can rephrase the question.
Q. Did you–let’s ask about The Pentagon. Did you work at any time as an employee in The Pentagon?
MR. PARMLEE: Objection.
WITNESS: Not as–
MR. PARMLEE: Vague as to “employee”. You can answer the question.
BY MR. WITTENBERG:
Q. What was your relationship with The Pentagon, if any?
A. I was charged with putting together a program that was going to be the basis for clandestine activities near the border of Iran.
Q. Okay. When did this charge first occur?
A. Early 2011.
Q. And did you have written correspondence with The Pentagon about this?
Q. Do you have that written correspondence in your possession, custody or control?
A. No. I have only one thing that I have given to Mr. Parmelee. (Page 33, line 8)
Page 33, line 20
Q. So what is the document you gave to your attorney?
A. The document explains how myself and another individual were going to meet with the Governor of the province of a place near the border of Iran with an idea of doing a concert. But it’s more complicated than that. There were 17 nations involved. So if you ask me if I was a professional soldier, Mr. Wittenberg, no. If you ask me if I was involved in operations that had to do with national security, the answer is yes. Furthermore, I will also reveal to you that I didn’t get paid and I wasn’t looking to get paid.
Q. Did you ever go to–on this mission–this clandestine mission you’re describing?
A. I aborted the mission.
Tracking the Leopard Meroz: An unpaid volunteer for an operation involving 17 nations has the authority to abort an overseas mission which was to serve as a cover for a Pentagon approved clandestine activities near the border of Iran? What level of security clearance was granted an unpaid volunteer, that he is allowed to discuss this mission publicly?
Q. Okay, And when did you abort the mission?
A. June 10, 2011.
A. 18 days later Taliban hit where we would have been. Six–two or three with RBG’s and then three with grenades.
Q. And what did you do to abort the mission? Let me rephrase. How did you go about aborting the mission?
A. I told my teammates that Tali had–or Taliban had found out about us. I was communicating with things–with people that I knew, and I had figured out that there had been loose lips. So, they–we were going to be scheduled to stay at the Intercon Hotel in Kabul. And that was cancelled. And on June 28, 2011, a wedding party that had rebooked was blown up by six Taliban.
Q. What were the names of the team members you’re describing?
A. I’m not at liberty to divulge that because that’s, you know–
Q. Who is the contact you had at the Pentagon?
A. Am I allowed to–because that’s a hard one to do. You know, I think–
MR. PARMALEE: You are under oath and–Can we take a quick break? It’s up to you.
THE WITNESS: I’m not trying to be–
MR. WITTENBERG: I don’t think we need a break over this.
BY MR. WITTENBERG:
Q. Either you have a name for me or you don’t. Do you–you’re telling a story about a clandestine mission where you were going to play music in Afghanistan, but you’re not giving a single name of any person involved with you, you won’t tell us or show us the document that you claim to have. (Page 36, line 6)
(Page 36, line 21)
Q. So this is relatively straightforward. Do you have any contact name at The Pentagon with whom you were communicating?
A. The person is no longer at The Pentagon. The person’s name is Bijan, B-i-j-a-n, Kian, K-i-a-n.
Q. When was the last time you communicated with this individual?
Q. And did you communicate by telephone or email or both?
A. I don’t remember.
Q. Other than this clandestine mission you’re telling us that you were–is it correct that you were approached by The Pentagon to go on this clandestine mission you’re telling us about?
Q. Okay. And when did they approach you? Do you recall the date?
A. Early spring in 2011. The-
Q. So, approximately April?
A. Yes. Mr. Wittenberg, here’s what I’m going to ask you. I am more than happy to give you secondary parties of people who are our teammates. But if you’re going to try to contact Mr. Bijan Kian, I think a better approach rather than doing that is I had another lawyer at the time who has documentation that was–she was not only a witness to what was going on, but she actually provided legal counsel for a second member of our team. (Page 38, line 2)
(Page 38, line 19)
Q. So other than this clandestine operation you were asked to go on in 2011, have you done any other service for the military?
A. Not for the military.
Q. Okay. Have you ever conducted any business outside of the United States?
A. What do you mean “conducted business”? Because, as Ms. Gauthier can tell you, I was concerned that ISIS was metastatising and would end up going into Europe to do soft terrorism and then coming into America to do soft terrorism.
Q. And when did you begin this–What would you call this work that you’re talking about? Would you call it antiterrorism work that you were doing?
A. Counter-terrorism work. But essentially–
Q. Were you doing it for yourself on your own?
A. No. I was attempting to do it as a–for humanitarian reasons, but also saying you can’t just have–you just can’t do a 501-c3, you have to have a network that will not only pay for weapons and training, but also I felt Turkey was doing nothing. I was aware that Turkey was supplying ISIS with oil. I was looking at-
Q. When did your start this work you’re now talking about?
Q. Approximately what month?
Q. So in January 2014 this is an idea you had, correct?
A. Actually even earlier.
A. Late 20–November 2013.
Q. Okay. And what evidence do you have of any of the work that you were doing on this counter-terrorism project? Do you have any writings?
A. Yeah, I think I have writings on it.
Q. What do you have?
Q. Your own personal notes that you took?
A. Yeah. I met with–with Kurdish resistance fighters in Turkey.
Q. So you traveled to Turkey in 2014?
A. Yeah. (Page 40, line 25)
(Page 43, line 18)
Q. So, when is–were you ever in Iraq?
Q. Okay. Were you ever in Iran?
Q. Were you ever in Afghanistan?
A. No. I planned to be.
Q. Did you ever work for the U. S. Government other than your–what you’ve already told us about your clandestine mission with The Pentagon?
A. No. The whole point of what I was doing with ISIS was going to be brought to the U. S. Government saying, “This is what I’ve done.” You know, I wanted their involvement. But, no.
Q. Okay. So let me just try to summarize this. You were never an employee of the U. S. Government, an employee being somebody who is paid a salary to work, right? As a Pentagon person who goes to work on a daily basis?
Q. You were never employed by the Pentagon; is that correct?
A. To be specific, I was not employed. They asked me to volunteer.
Q. Okay. And that was the only time you ever worked with the U. S. Government was the clandestine mission in–regarding, I guess, Afghanistan 2011, correct?
A. Yes. The only time that they’ve asked me to volunteer. (Page 44, line 23)
(Page 409, line 9)
Q. Okay. Were you ever with the Department of Defense?
A. Yeah. That’s who I served under with the operation that was aborted.
Q. I’m sorry. What?
A. That’s who I was working with with an operation–in the operation that was ultimately aborted June 28, 2011.
Q. You’re referring to the Pentagon?
A. I’m referring to Pentagon and Department of Defense.
On December 2, 2015, Jeffrey Wittenberg, attorney for plaintiff Isabelle Gauthier, deposed Linda Barrett, who was Thomas Schoenberger’s landlady and girlfriend.
(Page 91, line 11)
Q. Okay, “And is just doing what he has to do to support us, like going to Syria and Iraq.” Has he ever told you he went to Iraq?
A. Yes, he has. Well, he told me he went to Syria, he went to Bosnia or he fought in Bosnia or something.
Q. So he fought in Bosnia?
Q. In the military?
A. Well, he didn’t fight over there. he went over there on some special op.
Q. For the government?
Q. When did he actually say it occurred that he went to fight in special ops?
A. While he was honeymooning.
Q. Oh, you mean in 2014?
Q. When he was gone for three weeks he told you–
Q.–he was off in the Middle East–
Q. –at special ops?
A. Yeah. For two weeks. And then I guess she talked him into staying longer. So I got to worry for a week.
Q. But that was about July, August of 2014?
A. Yeah. I think so. Yeah. It was July. He left, came back in August.
Q. And he said I was away in the Middle East fighting special ops, right?
A. Right. No. He didn’t say special ops then. He said he was over there trying to help the Iraqi people or something or to stop ISIS, I think.
Why no mention of being wounded multiple times overseas while on a DoD mission? Thomas Schoenberger has displayed no shyness in disclosing that he suffers from porphyria aka the Vampire’s disease, a head wound that made him a musical genius, seizures, a bite by a brown recluse spider, a recent fall that required 40 stitches in his shoulder, pneumonia, covid-19…Perhaps Thomas Schoenberger was wounded multiple times in an overseas PSYOP Mind War battle?
One last oddity between CIA impostor Wayne Simmons and Pentagon ANON Thomas Schoenberger
Of interest in the Wayne Simmons story is that Kent Clizbe, a former CIA officer and intelligence contractor, recognized that Simmons was a fraud, and began his own investigation into his credentials. This fascinating story is told by Alex French in his March 1, 2016, New York Times Magazine article, The Plot to Take Down A Fox News Analyst.
In that detailed account, an interesting anecdote was told about “M”, Clizbe’s former CIA boss who served as a high-ranking Senior Intelligence Service Officer. M. realized that Simmons was a fraud and he “alerted Paul Vallely, the retired two-star general who founded Stand Up America…. Vallely met Simmons through Fox News and invited him to serve on the Citizen’s Commission on Benghazi, a collection of military brass, CIA officers and politicians determined to uncover the truth about the September 2012 embassy attack in Libya. M. remained suspicious when Vallely failed to respond after a month.”
As many are aware, in 1980, Vallely, was a Colonel and Commander of The Psychological Group, U. S. Army Reserve, located at the Presidio of San Francisco, California, and he co-wrote a publication with Major Michael A. Aquino, titled, From PSYOP to Mindwar: The Psychology of Victory. [see pdf: from psyop to mind war aquino and vallely].
Last year “Mind War Comedian” Dan Cromer aka Leppo interviewed Michael Aquino on his YouTube channel, and one of the participants in that conversation was Thomas Schoenberger.
So Wayne Simmons knew the two star general Paul Vallely, and Thomas Schoenberger enjoyed engaging in a public interview of Michael Aquino.
Just two ships passing, only a signal shown, in the blackness of the night.