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Utica Man Sentenced to 24 Months for Aggravated Harassment of Albany 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, was sentenced today to serve 24 months in prison for making telephonic threats to three employees of the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).

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.

As part of his guilty plea on July 8, 2021, Seifert admitted that on January 14, 2021, he made successive calls to three separate employees at the Albany VAMC and left each of them 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 also sentenced Seifert to serve 1 year of post-imprisonment supervised release.

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

Updated October 6, 2021

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