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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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