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Northern District of New York

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Syracuse Attorney Pleads Guilty to Calling in a Bomb Threat to Federal Building

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Jacqueline Jones, 47, of Fayetteville, New York, pled guilty today to Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor offense, in connection to her telephoning an anonymous bomb threat on February 20, 2015 to the Children’s Beginnings Daycare in the James Hanley Federal Building in Syracuse, New York, announced Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Following her guilty plea today, Jacqueline Jones was sentenced to a one-year term of probation, a $20,000.00 fine and 250 hours of community service.

As part of her guilty plea, Jacqueline Jones, an attorney for over 20 years, admitted that she anonymously made the threatening call from the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse in an effort to avoid appearing in Federal Court in the James Hanley Federal Building on a civil case that had become contentious. She later wrote a letter to the Federal Judge presiding over that case containing false statements about the reasons for her failure to appear.

This case was investigated by FBI, the United States Marshals Service, the Syracuse Police Department, and the Federal Protective Service Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick.

Updated August 19, 2017