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Portland Woman Pleads Guilty to Mailing Bomb Threats

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Nina Michalski, 61, of Portland, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to sending bomb threats through the mail.

According to court records, between October 2016 and February 2017, Michalski sent three letters from Maine to religious congregations in California.  These letters indicated that a bomb had been planted or would be planted in the congregations’ facilities. 

Michalski faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.  She will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. 

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Contra Costa County, California Sheriff’s Office, the Walnut Creek, California Police Department, and the San Ramon, California Police Department.


Chris Ruge
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated February 27, 2018

Violent Crime