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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 1, 2018

New York Man Arrested And Charged With Extensive Cyberstalking Campaign

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P. Cronan, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, announced that DAVID WALDMAN was arrested today and charged with conducting an extensive cyberstalking and threats campaign that targeted a woman he dated for several months in 2014.  WALDMAN will be presented this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in Manhattan federal court. 

As alleged in the Complaint unsealed today in Manhattan federal court[1]:

Beginning in April 2014 and shortly after WALDMAN and the victim ended their relationship, WALDMAN began an extensive cyberstalking campaign that continued intermittently until the date of WALDMAN’s arrest.  Over the course of almost four years, WALDMAN sent the victim hundreds of text messages, voicemail messages, and email messages, and made voluminous posts on a variety of online platforms, in which he claimed, among other assertions, that she had been diagnosed with bipolar and narcissistic personality disorder, used drugs, and fabricated claims that she had been a victim of child sexual abuse.  In his online communications, WALDMAN also repeatedly threatened to show up at the victim’s apartment and office and threatened to injure, torture, and sexually assault her.  WALDMAN also sent email messages to the victim’s employers, accusing her of being a “habitual drug user,” and claiming that he would sue her for defamation, theft, illegal trespass, violating HIPAA, and engaging in other “illegal behaviors.” 

Over the course of the alleged cyberstalking campaign, the victim obtained multiple state court orders of protection against WALDMAN.

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WALDMAN, 50, of Inwood, New York, is charged with one count of cyberstalking, which carries a maximum sentence of five years, and one count of sending interstate threats, which carries a maximum sentence of five years. 

The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the Special Agents with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Chiuchiolo and Senior Trial Attorney Mona Sedky of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
Press Release Number: 
18-183
Updated June 1, 2018