Duval County Woman Indicted And Arrested On Hoax Bomb Charge Involving JAXPORT
Jacksonville, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the return of an indictment against Linda Wilson (44, Baldwin). Wilson is charged with reporting false information/hoax to law enforcement officials regarding a bomb on a cruise ship. The vessel was set to arrive at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal. Wilson was arrested on a federal warrant by local law enforcement and was scheduled for an initial court appearance at 11:30 today. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of up to five years imprisonment.
The case was investigated by the Coast Guard Investigative Services, Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.