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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Friday, October 2, 2015

Houlton Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening a Foreign Official and is Sentenced to Six Months

Contact: Andrew McCormack
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Dushko Venelinov Vulchev, 38, of Houlton, Maine, and originally from Bulgaria, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to threatening a foreign official and was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge John C. Nivison to time-served.  The defendant was arrested on March 29, 2015 and has been detained since that date.

According to court records, on February 5, 2015, the defendant sent an email from his home in Houlton to a Bulgarian Vice-President of the European Commission, and others at the European Commission.  The European Commission is located in Brussels, Belgium.  The email was written in Bulgarian and made certain demands.  The defendant wrote that if those demands were not met he would physically harm the Bulgarian Vice-President of the European Commission and others at the European Commission. 
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Houlton Police Department.  The Justice Department's Office of International Affairs and the government of Bulgaria provided substantial assistance.

Violent Crime
Updated October 5, 2015