A Dania Beach businessman is accused of orchestrating a plot to kill his own family, including his 9-month-old son, making threats against the president and stockpiling bomb making materials, according to Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS4.
Jason Simione, 39, the owner of Bulldog Equipment, a company that manufactures specialized equipment for the U.S. military, faces a host of charges including trying to hire a hit man.
He made an appearance in bond court Wednesday.
“The court is concerned with his alleged willingness to hire a hitman to kill everyone in his family including his own child,” said Broward Circuit Court Judge John Hurley.
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“It says that you approached one of your employees from El Salvador requesting his help to find someone to kill your wife, her mother, her brother and your own child,” said Hurley after reading Simione’s arrest report. “It says you offered $150,000 for these deaths to occur.”
According to the report, Simione said he didn’t care if the hit man raped his wife before he killed her, CBS 4 reported.
In addition to the stockpiling of bomb making materials and weapons, Simione also reportedly prepared his home in case a SWAT team ever tried to take him.
Simione’s company, Bulldog Equipment LLC, supplies the government and local law enforcement with tactical and assault equipment.
“Also one of your employees said that he helped install certain materials at your residence in Dania Beach to reinforce the residence, to prevent breaches by law enforcement and kill zones have been set up in case the SWAT teams try to make entry.”
Simione’s wife and co-workers said he had been “abusing steroids” and was prone to violent and delusional outbursts.
Simione’s attorney, David Bogenschutz, said his client is in the middle of a very combative divorce.
On Father’s Day, Simione posted a photo of himself with his young son. “I have never been happier,” he wrote on Face Book. Another photo of himself with the boy: “Daddy loves his son soo much.”
But in July, his happiness came to a crashing halt.
On July 10, Simione posted a lengthy status update on Face Book, saying his wife Meg Haga Simone had asked for a divorce and set his relationship status as “complicated.”
“I should have known that I do not deserve happiness,” he wrote. “My only hope is to pass my lessons to Jett so he can learn from my failures... For Me my son is the Air that I breathe and he is all that matters. I hope he can trust in me, his Loving Father Jason.”
Hurley set bond at $5 million.