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.
Publish date:

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.

Next Up


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Duluth and Case Recreation Center

St. Paul to open two extra temporary shelters for homeless people

Mayor Melvin Carter announced the new shelters will be opened in the event of excess demand.

vote, election

Minnesota once again had the highest election turnout in the country

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a record percentage of voters also sent in absentee ballots.

court gavel

Minneapolis man sentenced to 30 years for death in robbery gone wrong

James Moore was sentenced in the death of Malik Smith.

Em1jOWyWEAwspXK (1)

St. Paul homicide suspect arrested by FBI in Chicago

A 34-year-old Minneapolis man was killed in the Nov. 14 shooting.

Sanford Health

Sanford Health 'parts ways' with CEO after his face mask comments

Kelby Krabbenhoft had been with the company since 1996.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day 2020?

Most services will not be running on Thursday and unlike most years, many stores will be closed, too.


How a turkey's brush with celebrity in Bloomington came to a tragic end

DNR: if you care about wild animals, stop feeding them