ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A New York man was sentenced today to one year in prison for sending threats and framing three victims for crimes they did not commit.
According to court documents, Anthony Caccamo, 28, of Flushing, conducted an extensive harassment campaign against a woman and two men with whom the woman had had consensual romantic relationships. Using certain internet applications to hide his identity, Caccamo sent the woman threatening messages on a near-daily basis. Separately, Caccamo sent harassing messages to the two men during the same time period.
Beyond harassing his victims, Caccamo framed the woman and two men for crimes and workplace violations they had not committed. For instance, he sent a false tip to the Department of Homeland Security, accusing the woman of smuggling narcotics. Posing as one of his two male victims – who happened to be a government employee with a cybersecurity background – Caccamo threatened to hack the woman’s online accounts and disclose her sensitive information. After he became aware of the federal investigation, Caccamo pretended to be a victim himself, providing false statements and fabricated evidence to law enforcement to falsely implicate one of the two men. While the government ultimately traced the conduct back to Caccamo and cleared the framed individuals of wrongdoing, federal investigators spent more than 1,000 hours investigating the case.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John V. Kelly, Acting Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura Fong and Jay V. Prabhu prosecuted the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:18-cr-327.