A Port St. Lucie man has been found guilty of forging the signature of dead people and selling their lands illegally.
On Thursday, Alan Weierman was sentenced by an Osceola County judge to 10 years probation, he has to return the lands to the original owners, and has to pay around $22,000 in restitution.
Landowners at the Suburban Estates in Osceola County, where Weierman sold the land parcels, were not happy with the verdict and the fact that Weierman won’t have to go to jail.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” said Dave Mumma. “Everybody here wanted him to have time.”
Weierman owns the Southeastern Military Academy (SEMA) in Port St. Lucie. The school has been investigated by the Department of Children and Families 48 times since 1994.
"Doesn't matter what DCF says,” Weierman told us on March 8. “DCF can file anything they want to file. They can have any finding they want to have."
Over the years, the police found probable cause but the state attorney declined to prosecute.
SEMA remained open, with hardly any oversight from the state.
Contact 5 found that “Colonel” Alan Weierman is not a colonel. Military officials responded to our request saying they have no information on his military service.
“He has swindled so many people into thinking that he is an honorable, military colonel,” Mumma said.
Weierman’s summer camp for kids, called Camp Victory, was held at the Suburban Estates.
“I don’t think parents had a clue what the conditions were for their kids,” Mumma said.
Mumma said he observed kids perform manual labor for Weierman’s company “Dirty Deeds”. That is what a former SEMA student, 15-year old Austin Griffin, had told us in October.
“They would have me and other students get shovels and shovel the dirt and shovel the rocks,” Griffin said.
Weierman denied he ever abused children.
“Oh no ma’am,” Weierman said.
Mumma said those at Suburban Estates can’t believe he won’t have to go to jail.
“How can he possibly skate again?” Mumma asked.
Contact 5’s full investigation on the school ran in October and since then the school has closed, with the possibility of opening it back up again.
The school had also received around $250,000 from the state through the voucher program. Since our investigation, the state has removed the school from the program.