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Georgia resident pleads guilty to cyberstalking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling announced on May 18, 2022 that Minjie Cao (age 27) of Alpharetta, Georgia, pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2261A. The charges relate to death threats that Cao sent to Kenosha government officials in August 2020 during the protests and unrests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

As detailed in court documents, between August 27, 2020 and August 29, 2020, Cao, who resided outside of Atlanta, Georgia, sent email death threats to three Kenosha government officials.  Cao also made several phone calls to the offices of these individuals – all for the purpose of causing them distress during the unrest in Kenosha.

The cyberstalking count carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines, and up to three years of supervised release. Sentencing is set for October 19, 2022, before U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Proctor.

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For further information contact: Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales

(414) 297-1700

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Updated May 18, 2022