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Richfield Man Pleads Guilty To False Mall Of America Bomb Threat

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

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of VINCENT TOGBE KONNEY, 62, to making a false bomb threat. KONNEY entered his guilty plea today before Judge Nancy E. Brasel in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to KONNEY’s guilty plea and documents filed with the court, on August 13, 2018, KONNEY wrote a letter falsely accusing his wife of being part of a plot to bomb the Mall of America. Using a false name, KONNEY sent the letter to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service in retaliation against his wife who was in the naturalization process when the letter was sent. In the letter, KONNEY claimed that while he was riding a bus, he overheard two women discussing a plot to blow up the Mall of America. KONNEY further claimed that one of the women had accidentally dropped her Social Security Card and her Permanent Resident Card and he enclosed with his false letter a photocopy of his wife’s real Permanent Resident Card. KONNEY closed the letter by urging the government to halt a “terrorist threat” by deporting his wife.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Docherty.


Defendant Information:


Richfield, Minn.


  • False bomb threat, 1 count





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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

Updated September 2, 2020