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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Former Oroville Resident Sentenced to Home Detention for Making a False Bomb Threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley sentenced Kao Xiong, 34, of Saint Paul, Minnesota, today to time served plus five months of home detention and three years of supervised release for making a false bomb threat, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said today.

According to court documents, in August 2017, while Xiong was living in Oroville, Xiong mailed a letter to a company in Sunnyvale, informing the company that Xiong and others were going to bomb the location. The bomb threat was reported to the Sunnyvale Police Department who responded to the scene to investigate, and ultimately reported the incident to the FBI. The letter was identified as one of approximately 150 letters Xiong mailed between January and December 2017, containing false information about bombings and assassinations. Although the U.S. Postal Service intercepted many of the letters, others were delivered to the intended recipients who were located across the United States, including FBI offices, an airport, a mall, and the current and former presidents of the United States.

Xiong was arrested on December 22, 2017, and remained in custody until May 23, 2018, which is approximately 153 days. Xiong pleaded guilty on January 3, 2019.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shelley D. Weger prosecuted the case.

Press Release Number: 
2:18-cr-235 TLN
Updated March 21, 2019