The 18-year-old Israeli-American suspect arrested a month ago for making false threats to Jewish community centers around the world was charged with 28 different counts by US courts.

The suspect

The suspect Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Friday), two indictments were filed in Florida and Georgia against the 18-year-old Ashkelon resident for spreading at least 245 false threats regarding shootings and bombings in Jewish community centers (JCCs) in the US and around the world. Approximately a month ago, he was arrested in Israel after a joint investigation of the Israel Police and the FBI.

The indictment submitted to the federal court in Orlando revealed that the defendant, who holds a dual citizenship, American and Israeli, called JCCs and left voice messages in which he warned about false shootings and bombs threats. He is being charged with 28 counts of making threatening calls and passing false information to the police.

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The youth, whose name is not allowed for publication in Israel, distorted his voice using a service that allowed him to sound like a woman and make the threatening conversations without revealing his identity. He paid for the service using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. The suspect recorded his conversations and saved them on his personal computer next to articles of the events.

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“Today’s charges into these violent threats to Jewish community centers and others represent this department’s commitment to fighting all forms of violent crime,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “These threats of violence instilled terror in Jewish and other communities across this country and our investigation into these acts as possible hate crimes continues.”