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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

South Whitehall Township Man Charged With Conveying False Information About A Bomb

Donald Lee Haas, 60 years old of South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, was charged today by Indictment with three counts of conveying false information using a telephone, and one count of conveying false information about carrying a bomb onto an airplane, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  The defendant is alleged to have made bomb threats to Lehigh Valley International Airport, TGI Friday’s restaurant, and the Lehigh Valley Mall, on May 17, 2016, in Lehigh County, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

If convicted, defendant Haas faces a maximum possible sentence of 50 years imprisonment, a three-year period of supervised release, a $1,000,000 fine, and a $400 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Allentown Resident Agency, the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority Police Department, the South Whitehall Township Police Department, and the Allentown Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Gallagher.

An initial appearance of the charges has been scheduled for Friday, December 16, 2016, at 2:30 p.m., before the Honorable Henry S. Perkin, United States Magistrate Judge, at the Edward N. Cahn U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building, 504 Hamilton Street, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

An Indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated December 6, 2016