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Carbondale man charged for threatening to blow up Military Recruiting Center

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WSIL -- A Carbondale man appeared in a federal court today on a complaint of falsely making a threat to blow up a Military Recruiting Center.

George Rita II, 42, was arrested and charged on June 29,2018 for posting a threatening anonymous message to an FBI tip line in West Virginia.

The message claimed that the sender planned to go to a recruitment center and blow it up and that no one could stop him. No location was given for the threatened recruitment center.

FBI agents tracked the internet connection to Rita's Carbondale apartment. Agents also determined that the threat was against a U.S. Military Recruiting Center in Carbondale, near Rita's apartment.

The complaint charges Rita with Maliciously Conveying False Information Regarding a Bomb Threat. This violation carries possible penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. Rita was ordered detained in federal custody by a United States Magistrate Judge pending further court proceedings.

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