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Man faces charges for lying to the FBI

Posted at 4:48 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 16:48:40-04

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of New York announced a man faces charges for lying to the FBI.

According to officials, 22-year-old Thomas Alonzo Bolin also known as Peter Vincent, of Greece, N.Y. faces a maximum of five years in prison for making a false statement to the FBI.

The FBI began investigating Bolin in March 2019 for potential federal civil rights and firearms violations.

Officials say the FBI obtained records that Bolin utilized a Facebook page under the alias "Peter Vincent," and it was revealed that he belongs to multiple Facebook groups who have expressed support for a white supremacist ideology.

Bolin allegedly made statements consistent with white supremacist ideology in posts and messages and referenced the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The FBI interviewed Bolin on March 30th, Bolin admitted to sharing video of the Christchurch attacks and the link for the gunman's manifesto but denied possessing a gun while in New York State.

Investigators say they later recovered a firearm and ammunition from a bedroom that Bolin rents at a residence in Greece.