NEWARK – An Irvington woman was arrested at her home this morning by members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) for allegedly mailing letters threatening bodily harm to the U.S. Supreme Court, Woodbridge Town Hall and other recipients throughout New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Karen Waller, 50, is charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count of mailing threatening communications. She is expected to appear to face the charge this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
According to the criminal complaint unsealed today, Waller mailed more than 50 threatening letters in May and June 2013 to multiple entities and individuals, including a number in New Jersey. The recipients of those letters included the U.S. Supreme Court; the town hall in Woodbridge Township; Rutgers University; an insurance company; and the Millburn Township Police Department. The letters threatened to injure and kill unspecified individuals.
The charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Fishman credited special agents, detectives and investigators assigned to the JTTF, under the direction of FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford in Newark, with the investigation. The JTTF comprises law enforcement officers from numerous federal, state and local agencies throughout New Jersey.
The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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