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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 14, 2022

Albuquerque man sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for cyberstalking, online threats and identity theft

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Mark Christopher Arnold, 39, of Albuquerque, was sentenced in federal court on Feb. 9 to four years and nine months in prison for interstate communication of threats, cyberstalking, unauthorized computer access in furtherance of cyberstalking, and aggravated identity theft. Arnold pleaded guilty to a four-count indictment on July 14, 2020.

According to the indictment and other court records, Arnold and the victim were involved in a relationship from 2016 to 2018, when the victim ended the relationship after an incident in which Arnold pointed a loaded pistol at her. The victim obtained a restraining order against Arnold in 2019. Between April 10, 2019, and June 10, 2019, Arnold sent over 700 messages including numerous threats and harassing statements to the victim.

In May 2019, the victim closed her Facebook account, but created a new account under a different last name around March 2020 and did not share the new account with Arnold. Between May 22, 2020, and May 24, 2020, she received several security warnings from Facebook, including that her password had been reset and that the account had been accessed from a different location. On May 23, 2020, Arnold sent her a message stating that she had left her passwords on his computer and that he had read her messages. He also left a voicemail in which he admitted to accessing her account.

On May 23, 2022, Arnold created a new Facebook account under the same name as the victim’s account and used it to send messages to the victim. Around the same time, Arnold began using his own Facebook account to send messages to the victim’s friends that included links to private videos of the victim. Arnold had posted the videos online under an account name that was very similar to the victim’s Facebook account. The videos were posted without the victim’s consent.

 Upon his release from prison, Arnold will be subject to three years of supervised release.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Paul Mysliwiec prosecuted the case.

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Topic(s): 
Cybercrime
Identity Theft
Press Release Number: 
22-30
Updated February 14, 2022