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Orlando Woman Indicted For Threatening The President

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

Orlando, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Ruba Khandaqji (37, Celebration) with one count of making threats against the President of the United States. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

According to court documents, on March 30, 2015, Khandaqji called the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and left a threatening message about hiring a hit man to kill unnamed individuals, asking that her message be passed on to the governor. The next day, investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement interviewed Khandaqji at her home. When asked if she knew why they were there, she replied, in essence, because she had threatened to kill Governor Rick Scott.

On April 1, 2015, when FDLE investigators returned to Khandaqji’s home to arrest her for threatening the governor, she reiterated her threats against him, and said that she also wanted to kill the President. Later that night, Khandaqji told a Secret Service agent that she wanted the President to be killed. 

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless,  and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Schuster.

Updated June 11, 2015