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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Washington Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Threatening To Damage Computers

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Wenatchee, Washington man was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to threatening to damage computers at a Chapel Hill business, announced Sandra J. Hairston, Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Todd Michael GORI, Jr., 28, was sentenced on December 19, 2017, by the Honorable William L. Osteen, Jr., United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. GORI pleaded guilty on September 6, 2017, to one count of threatening to damage protected computers, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1030(a)(7)(A). GORI had sent an email message to a Chapel Hill healthcare corporation on April 18, 2016, threatening a cyber attack unless that business fired one employee and hired GORI instead. GORI sent that email from his Wenatchee, Washington residence to the business in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

In addition to a 37-month term of imprisonment, Judge Osteen, Jr., sentenced GORI to 3 years of supervised release.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Raleigh Cyber Squad investigated the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anand Ramaswamy, Cybercrime prosecutor for the Middle District of North Carolina.

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Updated December 19, 2017