The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued new indictments against Michael Ron Kadar, the dual citizen US-Israeli Jew was who was responsible for the wave of threats against Jewish Community Centers in the US and other countries—and which there were blamed on “anti-Semites” and even listed as “anti-Semitic incidents” by the ADL and other Jewish extremist groups.
According to a press release issued by the DOJ, Kadar was indicted in three jurisdictions for “hate crimes and other offenses.”
The indictment from Florida charges Kadar with hate crimes as a result of threatening calls he made to Jewish Community Centers in the state. In addition, the indictment from the District of Columbia charges Kadar with threatening the Israeli Embassy and the Anti-Defamation League in Washington, D.C. The third indictment charges Kadar with cyberstalking and conveying false information to police dispatch regarding harm to private residents in Georgia.
An investigation into numerous threats made to individuals and organizations throughout the United States in 2016 and early 2017 led to Kadar being charged initially in criminal complaints on April 21, 2017 in Florida and Georgia following his arrest in Israel. Kadar remains in custody in Israel where he also faces charges.
The indictment from the Middle District of Florida charges that beginning on or about Jan. 4, 2017, and continuing until Feb. 27, 2017, Kadar made multiple threatening calls involving bomb threats and active shooter threats to numerous Jewish Community Centers throughout Florida.
Additionally, the indictment charges Kadar with attempting to obstruct the free exercise of religion at the Jewish Community Centers when he made the bomb threats and active shooter threats.
Finally, the indictment charges that Kadar made bomb threats to the Orlando International Airport and a middle school in the Middle District of Florida. Although no actual explosives were found, many of the calls resulted in the temporary closure and evacuation or lockdown of the targeted facilities, and required law enforcement and emergency personnel to respond to and clear the area.
The indictment from the District of Columbia charges that on or about March 7, 2017, Kadar made a threatening call to the Anti-Defamation League involving a bomb threat. Additionally, the indictment alleges that on or about March 9, 2017, Kadar sent a threatening email to the Israeli Embassy involving a bomb threat.
The indictment from the Middle District of Georgia charges that on or about Jan. 3, 2017, Kadar made a phone call to a police department conveying false information about an alleged hostage situation in progress at a private residence in Athens, Georgia, which included a threat to kill responding police officers. Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene, only to learn that there was no emergency.
The hate crime charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, the bomb threats charges each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, and the interstate threats charge, the hoax charge, and the cyberstalking charge each carry a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment. If convicted, Kadar could also be subject to court ordered restitution.
The statement did not mention the fact that a previous application for Kadar’s extradition had been turned down by the Jewish ethnostate, or the fact that he was only arrested after the FBI sent a team to Israel to force the Israeli police to arrest him.
The FBI said that Kadar used a complex system to hide his identity. Among other techniques, he used multiple Google Voice accounts and internet-protocol masking, along with a “spoofing” service that hides phone numbers and allows clients to distort their voice. He paid the spoofing company with the cybercurrency Bitcoin, the FBI says.
In addition, he was paid for his services by an anonymous employer, and had over $250,000 in the crypto currency at the time of his arrest.
His apartment in the Israeli town of Ashkelon—which he shared with his parents—was marked by a large parabolic antenna protruding from the window, which allowed him to connect to distant wireless networks, the FBI says.
A USB flash drive was also found in the in the apartment, with a folder titled “Archive of Targets,” according to the Florida charging document. It contained recordings of the threat calls and information about the targeted institutions, the FBI said.