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Trial Date Scheduled for Iowa Man Charged with Providing False Information Related to Terrorist Hoax

October 29, 2010

Rock Island, Ill. – A Bettendorf, Iowa, man made his initial appearance for arraignment in federal court this afternoon on charges that he provided false information related to a terrorist hoax. Don Lawrence Asheim, 59, of the 2500 block of Devils Glen Road, was charged in a single-count indictment returned by a grand jury earlier this month. During today’s hearing, trial was scheduled on Dec. 27, 2010.

The indictment alleges that on Apr. 30, 2010, in Moline, Asheim placed a white powdery substance in an envelope addressed to the attention of an individual at the Internal Revenue Service. The envelope also contained Asheim’s tax bill, which Asheim had allegedly altered to remove and obliterate his personally identifiable information to conceal his identity. Asheim allegedly wrote various hostile and profane statements on the tax bill and placed the envelope in the box designated for outgoing mail at the Deere & Company facility, at 501 River Drive in Moline.

If convicted, the statutory penalty for the offense is up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration - Office of Investigations; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and, the Moline Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John K. Mehochko. Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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