New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Maliciously Conveying False Information
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JAHVAR HOOKS, age 31, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a one-count Superseding Indictment charging him with maliciously conveying false information in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e).
According to court records, from August 12, 2013 through August 19, 2013, HOOKS made in excess of forty telephonic bomb threats. Victims of these threatening phone calls include the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and the New Orleans Municipal/Traffic Court along with schools, hotels, casinos, and other government buildings. In an interview with Officers of the New Orleans Police Department, HOOKS admitted to making the telephone calls.
If convicted, the maximum penalty as to each charge is ten years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a three year term of supervised release following imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk set sentencing for August 6, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Gregory M. Kennedy is in charge of the prosecution.