Thursday, April 24, 2008

Judge Throws the Book at Phone 'SWATter': Five Years Prison

Kevin Poulsen writes on Threat Level:

A New York man was sentenced today to a five years in prison for being part of a gang of "SWATters" who specialized in phoning the police with fake hostage situations, sending armed cops bursting in to the homes of their party line enemies.

Chad Ward, 32, got the maximum possible sentence from U.S. District Court judge Jane Boyle in Dallas. Boyle also ordered Ward to pay $24,706.73 in restitution to police departments that responded to the hoax calls, and to serve three years of supervised release following the prison stretch.

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