NYC Man Admits Making Harrassing Call To Paladino Campaign

May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Carl Paladino accepting the endorsement of the Niagara County Republican Executive Committee in Lockport Tuesday.

May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y.-( release)- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Miles J. Fisher, 63, of New York City, pleaded guilty before Chief US District Judge William M. Skretny to making a harassing and threatening telephone call. The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati, who handled the case, stated that the Government’s evidence revealed the defendant placed a call to the "Paladino for the People" campaign headquarters in the Ellicott Square Building on April 13, 2010. According to the person who answered the telephone, Fisher made harassing and threatening statements, including a declaration that the defendant was going to "bomb all of you." The campaign worker reported the threat to 911, and the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments thereafter ordered that building’s 700 occupants be evacuated.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, to include Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Richard W. Kollmar and the Buffalo Police Department under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug 25, 2011., at 9:30 a.m. EST, in Buffalo, N.Y., before Judge Skretny.