A former investment bank employee has been taken into custody after being charged with using the internet to threaten female colleagues with murder and grievous bodily harm, says the US Department of Justice (DoJ).
Gawargyous, aka “George,” Shind, 31, of Jersey City, New Jersey, stands accused of conducting a concerted campaign of terrorization online against at least four victims between 2020 and 2021, and faces up to five years in jail if convicted.
“Shind engaged in a pattern of harassment directed towards at least four female victims by employing means of electronic communications, including text messages and computing services platforms, to threaten grievous bodily injury and death,” said the DoJ, announcing the arrest.
The DoJ claims that Shind began his cyberstalking campaign after being fired from a bank where he and the victims were employed. He allegedly sent messages threatening to kill the victims and their families, referring to himself as a “predator.”
Copies of messages sent by Shind to victims were filed as part of the criminal complaint against him and obtained by the Jersey Journal. “Ur [sic] prey and I’m the predator,” read one. “Don’t ever forget I know where u sleep. I know what train line u take, and I know where u work. I swear ur done for. If I have to touch ur family to get at u then so be it. That includes ur niece.”
As well as the jail term, Shind faces a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted. He was arrested in Hudson County on August 24 after FBI agents in Newark and New York investigated the allegations against him, and appeared by videoconferencing link before a US magistrate.
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