Dallas, TX, United States (4E) – Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents have arrested and charged a Rowlett, Texas, man for allegedly sending 500 hoax letters containing white powder since 2008.
Hong Minh Truong, 66, was charged on Monday with false information and hoaxes before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez, who ordered that he remain in custody. The suspect faces a 5-year sentence and $250,000 fine if proven guilty.
“Mr. Truong’s alleged criminal actions caused emergency responders and hazardous response teams immense unnecessary labor and expense, diverted personnel from actual emergencies and caused untold emotional distress to those who received the letters,” said U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Based on the complaint against Truong, he started sending out on Dec. 4, 2008 letters that had a “Dallas, Texas” postmark and contained a white-powder substance to U.S. government offices, aerospace companies, schools, daycares, and recently, hotels in the vicinity of Super Bowl XLVIII.
More than 500 hoax letters were mailed from the North Texas area to cities across the U.S. and to U.S. Embassies abroad.
Hoax letters mailed from the Dallas area on May 7, 2012 contained this message:
Al Qaeda back! Special thing for you
What the hell where are you Scooby Doo, Counter Intelligence, CIA, you do not know how to catch the triple dealer spy in your law enforcement. What the hell where are you Scooby Doo, Internal Affairs, FBI, you don’t know how to arrest the bad cop in your law enforcement.
You all flaming idiot, ignorant and arrogant, know nothing! How to protect this country! U.S.A
We are Al Qaeda, U.B.L FBI, Al Qaeda, SS Nazi FBI, working in your agency. We claim everything.
The letters were sent to pre-schools and elementary schools across the country as well as to Lockheed Martin in Grand Prairie, Texas. HAZMAT responded to the location of many hoax letter recipients, including Mi Escuelita Preschool Crossover in Dallas, the FBI said.
In June 2013, 28 public schools in Boston received letters that resulted in HAZMAT responses. That investigation resulted in the identification of an IP address in Rowlett associated with Truong.