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Lakewood man charged with bomb risk over COVID aid mortgage

Lakewood man charged with bomb risk over COVID aid mortgage

Lakewood man charged with bomb threat over COVID relief loan

A Lakewood man has been charged with threatening to bomb the places of work of a federal company that denied his request for an emergency pandemic mortgage for a enterprise that he runs out of his house.

Within the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic final 12 months, Christopher J. Antoun, 29, requested the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration for a mortgage to Federal Pupil Mortgage Consulting LLC, a enterprise that he owns, in accordance with Thomas Smith, an agent on the Homeland Safety Division.

When Antoun didn’t get the mortgage, he despatched an offended and profane all-caps e-mail to the SBA saying his enterprise was eligible for the mortgage and demanding a $1,000 advance instantly, Smith alleged in a sworn assertion filed in courtroom.

“It goes into my checking account tonight or I begin bombing each location owned by the SBA,” Antoun wrote within the e-mail that he despatched on Might 3, 2020, in accordance with Smith.

When Antoun was interviewed by unidentified legislation enforcement brokers at his house the next week, he admitted sending the e-mail however claimed he was “excessive on marijuana and drunk on alcohol” on the time and had no intention of bombing SBA places of work, Smith stated.

Antoun promised he would make no extra threats to authorities businesses, Smith stated, and consented to a search of his home. No explosives or weapons have been discovered.

Antoun was arrested Saturday on a cost of constructing threats by interstate communication. On Monday, a U.S. Justice of the Peace choose declined to launch him on bail.

Neha Christerna, Antoun’s lawyer, declined to remark.

In the summertime and fall of 2021, Antoun utilized once more for SBA loans and advances, however had bother getting any, in accordance with Smith.

Final week, he despatched a number of SBA workers one other offended e-mail punctuated with typos. Smith, an agent with the Homeland Safety Division’s Federal Protecting Service, included excerpts in his courtroom assertion.

“You clearly arent going to provide it to me even tho YOURE SUPPOSED TO SINCE I LEGALLY QUALIFY!” Antoun wrote.

He advised the federal government officers that each one he cared about was ensuring that they begin “struggling some penalties.”

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“Inside the subsequent hour I’m getting picked up and dropped off on the LA district workplace,” he stated. “Im gonna stroll in with my good shiny bat. Im gonna begin beating the skulls of SBA employees in.”

As soon as the police captured him, Antoun wrote, he would have his father present information media with all of his correspondence to reveal what he considered as fraudulent conduct by the SBA. He wrote: “even when i by no means get the cash and that i find yourself going to jail for the following few years unwell be glad.”

Upon receiving the e-mail, SBA supervisors confirmed that no workers have been bodily current within the company’s downtown Los Angeles workplace and notified the constructing’s safety guards of the threats.

Three days later, he was arrested.

If convicted, Antoun will face a most penalty of 5 years in jail.

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