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Woman admits threatening letters to Secaucus

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Irvington woman today admitted mailing threatening letters to Secacus officials that included language about bomb attacks.

Karen Waller, 50, faces up to five years in federal prison and a potential fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced on Feb. 27, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. She pleaded guilty today in Newark to a single one count of mailing threatening communications.

Waller was arrested by members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force at her home in July.

Under a criminal complaint on file in U.S. District Court in Newark, she originally was charged with threatening bodily harm in two months worth of letters to the U.S. Supreme Court and various people at Rutgers University, the Millburn police department and elsewhere in New Jersey.

“The recipients of those letters included the U.S. Supreme Court; the town hall in Woodbridge Township, N.J.; Rutgers University; an insurance company; and the Millburn Township, N.J., Police Department,” Fishman said following Waller’s arrest. “The letters threatened to injure and kill unspecified individuals.”

Fishman credited the arrest to special agents, detectives and investigators assigned to the JTTF, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from several federal, state and local agencies throughout New Jersey.

Handling the case is Andrew Kogan, chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office National Security Unit.

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