Skip to main content

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.

Next Up


Minnesota Board of Pharmacy files lawsuit against 3 THC edible retailers

The board has received 46 complaints in the past four months regarding the products.

Screen Shot 2022-12-05 at 2.53.55 PM

ATF now investigating fire at Lyndale Avenue apartment building

It was the second fire at a vacant building owned by the same landlord that was being used by squatters in the past few months.


Let the good times roll

Minnesota Roller Derby is back!


Beloved restaurant in southeastern MN to close after 40 years

A final night of celebrations is scheduled for Dec. 17.


MN town shelves ordinance allowing residents to sue abortion providers

Attorney General Keith Ellison advised the town to not go forward with the ordinance.

Spring Street Tavern

Man shot dead inside Minneapolis tavern is identified

The suspect is being held on probable cause murder.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes to play U.S. Bank Stadium in 2023

The Strokes will provide support along with King Princess.

Mall of America exterior Tyler Vigen Wikimedia COmmons

Settlement reached between MOA, family of boy thrown from balcony

The boy suffered multiple injuries that required several surgeries.

Pixabay - police crime tape do not cross stock

Body found in burned out car near Bird Island

The Renville County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


Mall of America

Charter school destroyed in civil unrest to open at Mall of America

The school space will allow MTCS to "continue rethinking education."

Bomb threats target businesses nationwide, including in St. Cloud area

Threatening emails were sent to businesses in Waite Park, among others.

Man arrested after bomb threat at Hennepin County Public Works

The bomb threat was called in Tuesday afternoon.

University of St. Thomas

St. Thomas student charged over hoax bomb threats against the university

The 20-year-old from Blaine is facing federal charges.

Mall of America

Boy thrown from MOA balcony is out of intensive care

The 5-year-old has been in a serious condition since the April incident.