A federal grand jury has returned a four-count indictment charging a man with making false bomb threats against the Eastman Kodak Co.
Omer Fadhel Saleh Mohammed, 31, of Rochester, is charged with making the false threats, after law enforcement reviewed a total of 21 recorded phone calls allegedly involving Mohammed and Rochester 911 operators.
According to the criminal complaint, between Sept. 24, 2012 and Jan. 24. 2013 Mohammad repeatedly called 911 operators, identified himself as Omer Fadhel, and provided information concerning a plot to bomb Kodak.
Mohammed also allegedly gave 911 operators the address of a grocery store on Lyell Avenue, the owner of which he claimed was involved in the plot.
The 911 calls resulted in emergency responses by the Rochester police and fire departments and by Kodak security personnel, but searches failed to turn up any bombs or evidence that someone had attempted to plant a bomb at any of Kodak’s facilities.
In addition, the criminal complaint said Mohammed admitted during questioning by the members of the FBI Buffalo Division to creating a hoax involving the Lyell Avenue store owner because he was kicked out of the store for being intoxicated and sought revenge by getting the store owner in trouble with authorities. It also said he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol during questioning.
Mohammed was arrested on Feb. 4, 2013, based on a criminal complaint issued by Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and is currently in custody. No date has been set for his arraignment.
If found guilty, Mohammed faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both, on each charge.
He’s in custody now but back in February the same judge released him despite making 21 bomb threats – Muslim Makes 21 Bomb Threats against Kodak, Released.