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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Rochester man indicted for threatening the president of the united states

         ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a one-count indictment charging Christopher Ludwig, 30, of Rochester, N.Y., with threats against the President. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, the defendant called the Monroe County Board of Elections in April 2012 and told an employee “I am going to kill him” in reference to the President of the United States.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Tracy Gast.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.