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Guilty plea: MN man filed fake Mall of America bomb threat to get his wife deported

The man and his wife were going through a divorce, and he was upset she was dating other men.

A Richfield man who reported a fake bomb threat against Mall of America did it in an effort to get his wife deported because he was mad she was dating other men, according to his guilty plea. 

Vincent Togbe Konney, 62, who was charged in May, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in late August to one count of making a false bomb threat, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

According to court documents, Konney and his wife were in the process of getting divorced and he was upset that she was reportedly dating other men. His wife was in the process of becoming a naturalized citizen.

So, to retaliate against her, he wrote a letter in August 2018 to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, falsely accusing her of being part of a bomb plot to destroy Mall of America.

In the letter, Konney said he was on a bus when he overheard two women talking about plans to bomb the mall. He also claimed that one of the women dropped her Social Security Card and Permanent Resident Card when she got off the bus, so he picked them up. Along with the letter, Konney enclosed a photocopy of his wife's real Permanent Resident Card.

Konney ended the letter by urging the government to stop a "terrorist threat" by deporting his wife. He then signed the letter with a fake name, Gary Johnson.

The fake letter caused his wife to be interviewed by federal law enforcement twice and delayed her naturalization by three to five months, documents state.

A sentencing date has not been released.

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