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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Former Investment Bank Employee Arrested for Cyberstalking

NEWARK, N.J. – A former investment bank employee was arrested today in Hudson County, New Jersey, for cyberstalking former bank colleagues, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Gawargyous, aka “George,” Shind, 31, of Jersey City, New Jersey is charged by complaint with cyberstalking. Shind is scheduled to appear by videoconference today before U.S. Magistrate Judge André M. Espinosa.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From April 2020 to November 2021, Shind engaged in a pattern of harassment directed towards at least four female victims by employing means of electronic communications, including text messages and computing services platforms, to threaten grievous bodily injury and death. Shind began a campaign of cyberstalking multiple victims after his termination from a bank where he and the victims were employed. Shind sent messages stating his intention to kill the victims and their families and referred to himself as a “predator.”  

The charge of cyberstalking is punishable by five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest. 

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in both the Newark and New York field offices, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy of the Newark field office, and Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll of the New York field office, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry O’Connell of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charge and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Cybercrime
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Press Release Number: 
22-314
Updated August 24, 2022