Dallas Man Charged for Threats and Black Mail

Dallas Man Charged for Threats and Black Mail

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Dallas Man Charged for Threats and Black Mail

On October 4, 2012, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced that Barrett Lancaster Brown was charged by a federal grand jury in for one count of making a threat over the internet, for one count of threatening to make personal information of a U.S. employee available to the public, and one count of retaliating against a federal law enforcement officer.  Brown is from Dallas and was apprehended in September.  

 
Brown was indicted on the first count because he made threatening statements on his Twitter accounts and YouTube account in September of 2012.  He threatened to shoot FBI agents and other police officers and directed his statements to one FBI agent in particular.  
 
Brown was indicted on the second count for his actions between March 2012 and September 2012.  During this time, he planned to make information about the FBI agent and his family available to the public in order to threaten and intimidate the FBI agent.  Brown asked another person to help him find secured information about the FBI agent and the agent’s family on internet in September of 2012.  The individual was found to have conducted a search for the restricted information.  
 
Brown was indicted on the third count for threatening to assault the federal agent.  The FBI has not released information about the defendant’s motivations for making the threats.  
 
If Brown is convicted of the first two counts, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.  If he is convicted of the third charge, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.  
 
The FBI’s Dallas Field Office investigated the case, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas is responsible for prosecution.  
 
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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