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Monmouth County Man Admits Calling in Bomb Threats

By rlsmetro on
Monmouth County

A Monmouth County man today admitted making threatening telephone and email communications to New Jersey state officials, judges, law enforcement officers, and attorneys, and phoning in false bomb threats to local and state government offices, a police department, two law firms and a commercial establishment, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

According to Federal Officials, Eric G. Hafner, 31, formerly of Monmouth County, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to one count of making threating communications in interstate or foreign commerce with intent to extort, one count of making threatening communications in interstate or foreign commerce, and one count of conveying false information concerning the use of an explosive device.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Between July 2016 and May 2018, while residing outside the United States, Hafner communicated threats to numerous individuals located in and around Monmouth County and elsewhere.  

The victims were elected officials, judges, police officers, attorneys, and their families. Hafner sought to extort $350,000 from some of his victims.

During this time period, Hafner also made false bomb threats to an elected official’s office, a county courthouse, a police department, two law firms, and a commercial establishment.