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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Arkansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty to Conveying False Information Regarding a Bomb at Church in Rogers

          Fayetteville, Arkansas – Kenneth Elser, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Allen Ward, age 51, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty today to one count of Maliciously Conveying False Information in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(e) . According to the plea agreement, On October 21, 2012, Ward used a cell phone to knowingly provide false information to the Bentonville Police Department by telling a dispatcher that there might be a bomb located at the Fellowship Bible Church, a church located in Rogers, Arkansas that Ward’s ex-wife attended.  The change of plea was accepted by the Honorable Timothy L. Brooks, in the U.S. District Court in Fayetteville.

            The offense to which Ward pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment. Sentencing will occur at a later date.

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations-Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI-JTTF), the Bentonville Police Department, and the Rogers Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Brice White prosecuted the case for the United States.

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Updated January 6, 2016