BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today the arrest of Miles J. Fisher, 63, from New York City on a charge of conveying false information in connection with a bomb hoax. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati stated that a federal complaint charges the defendant with placing a call to the "Paladino for the People" campaign headquarters in the Ellicott Square Building on April 13, 2010 and, after expressing his displeasure with respect to reported allegations concerning Mr. Paladino, stated he was "going to bomb all of you." The call was reported to 911 and Buffalo Police and Fire responded, evacuating over 700 people from the building.
The complaint was brought after a joint investigation on the part the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James H. Robertson and the Buffalo Police Department under the direction of Interim Commissioner Daniel Derenda. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati will handle the prosecution of the case.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.