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Tamarac Resident Arrested for Making Multiple Threats to Members of Congress

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

John Kless, 49, of Tamarac, Florida, was arrested today after being charged with Making Threatening Communications, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(c).  Kless made his initial appearance earlier today before United States Magistrate Judge Barry S. Seltzer.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Matthew R. Verderosa, Chief of Police, United States Capitol Police, made the announcement.  

According to allegations in the complaint, on April 16, 2019, Kless made multiple threatening communications to the Congressional offices of members from California, Michigan, and New Jersey.

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the United States Capitol Police Threat Assessment Section.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc S. Anton.

A complaint is merely an accusation 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 or on


Updated April 19, 2019

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