U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said today that a man from New Jersey was given 57 months in prison for making threats to hurt and kill federal law enforcement officers. Frank Monte, 51.
New Jersey, was found guilty of three counts of threatening a federal law enforcement officer and two counts of sending threats in interstate commerce after a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez. On November 21, 2022, in federal court in Newark, Judge Vazquez gave the sentence.
According to The Evidence at Trial and The Papers Filed in The Case:
On July 21, 2019, Monte called the emergency line of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Police at the VA Lyons hospital campus several times. During one of these calls, Monte said he would “shoot up” a VA Police officer. Monte called the office of a U.S. Congressman on October 15, 2019, and spoke with a staff member.
During that call, Monte said that he would attack a certain agent of the U.S. Secret Service if he ever saw him in New Jersey. Monte called a special agent of the U.S. Capitol Police on October 18, 2019. During that call, Monte again said he was going to attack the same U.S. Secret Service agent.
Judge Vazquez gave Monte a prison sentence and three years of supervision after he got out. U.S. Attorney Sellinger said that the investigation that led to today’s sentencing was done by special agents of the U.S. Secret Service in the Newark Field Office. They were led by Special Agent in Charge Jose Riera.
He also thanked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police, VA New Jersey Health Care System, under the direction of Acting Chief Minelli Torres-Sukola; members of the U.S. Capitol Police, Threat Assessment Section,
under the direction of Assistant Special Agent in Charge Chad Beckett; members of the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of Marshal Juan Mattos Jr.; and members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Armando Assistant U.S.
Attorneys Anthony P. Tornatore and Andrew M. Trombly of the Cybercrime Unit in Newark are working for the government. 22-435 Saverio A. Viggiano, Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark, was the lawyer for the defense.