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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Former Wilton Manors Resident Indicted for Posting Threatening Communications on Facebook

Former resident of Wilton Manors indicted in Fort Lauderdale today for posting threatening communications on Facebook.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, Unites States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and members of the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), made the announcement. 

Craig Allen Jungwirth, 50, of Orlando, Florida, is charged by indictment with the interstate transmission of a threatening communication, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(c).  If convicted, Jungwirth faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine.

According to the allegations contained in the court record, including a previously filed criminal complaint, on August 30, 2016, the FBI’s Miami Division was notified by local law enforcement, other FBI field offices, and members of the public via the public tip line, that alarming threats towards the LGBT community located within Wilton Manors, FL had been posted on Facebook.  Specifically, on August 30, 2016, Jungwirth posting the following during an online written exchange, “My events are selling out ‘cause you faggots are total patsies. None of you deserve to live. If you losers thought the Pulse nightclub shooting was bad, wait till you see what I’m planning for Labor Day . . . You can never catch a genius from MIT and since you faggots aren’t dying from AIDS anymore, I have a better solution to exterminate you losers . . . I’m gonna be killing you fags….  It’s time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS infested losers.” 

Jungwirth, was previously arrested by the FBI in Orlando and is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service.  On September 12, 2016, a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Orlando ordered Jungwirth removed to the Southern District of Florida to face further legal proceedings.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and JTTF.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc S. Anton.

A complaint and indictment are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Topic(s): 
Hate Crimes
Updated September 19, 2016