November 22, 2022
NEWARK, NJ – A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for threatening to assault and murder federal law enforcement officers, US Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
Frank Monte, 51, of New Jersey, was previously convicted of three counts of threatening a federal law enforcement officer and two counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce after a week-long trial before US District Judge John Michael Vazquez. Judge Vazquez returned the verdict on November 21, 2022 in federal court in Newark.
According to the documents filed in the case and the evidence in court:
On July 21, 2019, Monte repeatedly called the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) police emergency number on the campus of the VA Lyons Hospital. During one of those calls, Monte threatened to “shoot” a VA cop. On October 15, 2019, Monte called the office of a US Congressman and spoke to an employee. During that call, Monte threatened that if he ever saw a certain U.S. Secret Service special agent in New Jersey, Monte would attack him. On October 18, 2019, Monte called a special agent with the US Capitol Police. During that call, Monte again threatened to attack the same US Secret Service special agent.
In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Vazquez sentenced Monte to three years of supervised release.
US Attorney Sellinger credited Special Agents of the US Secret Service Newark Field Office, led by Special Agent in Charge Jose Riera, with the investigation that led to today’s conviction. He also thanked the US Department of Veterans Affairs Police, VA New Jersey Health Care System, led by Acting Chief Minelli Torres-Sukola; Members of the US Capitol Police, Threat Assessment Section, headed by Assistant Special Agent in Charge Chad Beckett; members of the US Marshals Service headed by Marshal Juan Mattos Jr.; and the members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura, for their assistance in the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant US Attorney Anthony P. Torntore and Assistant US Attorney Andrew M. Trombly of the Cybercrime Unit in Newark.
Defense Attorney: Saverio A. Viggiano Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark