The Merrill Lynch professional had the same name as a man sought by Mexican officials for paying for ... with minors in that country.
A Long Island man says he went from being a Merrill Lynch manager to a shattered school janitor after the feds — in a terrible case of mistaken identity — arrested him at work and threatened to ship him off to Mexico to face charges that he had ... with minors.
The New York Post reports that Philip Simone, a married dad from New Hyde Park, is suing the U.S. government in Brooklyn federal court for $2.75m, claiming his life went to pot after they wrongly busted him for being a child molester.
'They told me they had a warrant for my arrest in Mexico', Simone, 57, testified at his civil trial Monday.
'I said, ‘You have the wrong guy. I’m just a family guy''.
Simone said he first learned he was a victim of mistaken identity when federal marshals approached him at his Merrill Lynch desk in May 2008.
They escorted him to a security room, then dropped their bombshell, he said.
'They told me they had a warrant for my arrest in Mexico', he recalled. 'That’s when the room started to spin'.
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