NEWARK, N.J. – A Georgia man today admitted making interstate threats to an executive officer of a New Jersey based company, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Alan Wallace, 59, of Cumming, Georgia, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of transmitting interstate threats.
According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From January 2021 to March 2021, Wallace, a former employee of Company-1, sent threatening email communications to Victim-1, an executive officer of Company-1, a publicly traded company with headquarters in New Jersey. Victim-1’s Company-1 email account received the emails every few days beginning on Jan. 11, 2021, and continuing through early March 2021, with more sporadic emails arriving thereafter. The emails were sent to Victim-1 from an anonymous email service.
The emails threatened violence to Victim-1 and to Victim-1’s family if Company-1’s stock did not exceed a certain share value within 30 days. An email received on Feb. 5, 2021, with the subject line “Blood Bath,” read: “[Victim-1], it seems you don’t care about your family. This will be an absolute blood bath if stock isn’t over $200 in 2 weeks. Your hurt [sic] so many, and now it is your turn to experience it.”
The interstate threats charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 23, 2022.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, including the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Torntore of the U.S. Attorney’s Cybercrime Unit in Newark.