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Fernandina Beach Man Pleads Guilty To Hoax Bomb Threats

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that David Anthony Moody (28, Fernandina Beach) has pleaded guilty to making hoax bomb threats. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. Moody was arraigned on February 16, 2016.      

According to court documents, between January 30 and February 2, 2016, Moody wrote six bomb threat notes and left them at various public places in Fernandina Beach. Each note stated that a bomb was going to explode in the downtown Fernandina Beach area, killing a multitude of people. One of the notes was signed “The F.B. BOMBER!” In an effort to hide his identity, Moody wore gloves when preparing the notes and later destroyed materials associated with the six bomb threats. Although ultimately determined to be hoax threats, each time a bomb threat note was located, local, state, or federal law enforcement officers responded and conducted a search of the area for explosive devices.     

This case was investigated by the Fernandina Beach Police Department, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services - Coast Guard Explosive Detection Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations – Jacksonville Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.

Updated November 10, 2016