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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13

FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARREST IOWA MAN FOR SENDING E-MAIL THREAT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department today announced the arrest of Daniel Middleman of Dubuque, Iowa for allegedly sending a threatening e-mail to a national leader of the Arab-American community. The email allegedly threatened the victim with physical injury.

Middleman was arrested yesterday following his indictment by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia. The indictment alleges that on May 9, 2003 Middleman sent an e-mail message to the victim that stated "you're all going to get bullets in your . . . heads." The indictment alleges that Middleman communicated the threat because of the victim's race, religion, or national
origin and to interfere with his employment.

The crimes charged are punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine. An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal law. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by attorneys from the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

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