|Print this story|
The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Bayside man Tuesday night for allegedly threatening to kill employees of a Pennsylvania bank, authorities said.
According to a criminal complaint filed by an FBI agent, Michael Chung, 52, faxed a threatening note to a Sovereign Bank in Pottsville, Pa. referring to his Second Amendment rights to justify potentially killing bank employees.
An FBI agent said Chung held a loan with the bank that may have blocked him from selling his Bayside home at 211-35 23rd Ave. while he still owed about $179,000 on the loan. Law enforcement officials had reason to take Chung’s threats seriously as he also had a shotgun registered in his name, the criminal complaint said.
“The 2nd Amendment to the National Constitution authorized the use of deadly force to protect my interests as a national citizen,” Chung said in the faxed letter in which he tried to terminate the loan he owed. “I believe I have a basis to act in that manner.”
Chung denied making threats and the accusation that he owned a shotgun at his arraignment in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday during which Judge James Orenstein considered ordering a psychiatric examination of the Bayside man. The judge refused Chung’s requests to represent himself and ruled he was a danger to the community and was to be held without bail.
According to the FBI, Chung identifies himself as part of the sovereign citizen movement, a small group of people who do not believe in obeying government rules or paying taxes. Federal investigators have long since considered the movement a domestic terror threat.
Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-260-4573.
©2012 Community Newspaper Group
|Print this story|
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.