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Utica Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Harassment of VA Employees

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert Seifert, age 63, of Utica, New York, plead guilty today to making telephonic threats to employees of the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Christopher Algieri, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Field Office for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General.

Seifert, who has been convicted twice before of threatening VA employees, admitted that on January 14, 2021, he made three successive calls to employees at the Albany Stratton VA with no legitimate purpose other than to harass and threaten them, and left threatening voicemails in which he used demeaning and offensive language that caused each of the employees to fear for their own safety and property.

United States Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart is scheduled to sentence Seifert on October 6, 2021, at which time Seifert faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 364 days and a maximum fine of up to $1,000 for each of the three counts, and a term of supervised release of up to 1 year.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

This case was investigated by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, and the Veterans Affairs Police Service at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander P. Wentworth-Ping.

Updated July 8, 2021

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