Thursday, May 12, 2016
HOUSTON – A federal grand jury in Houston has returned a one-count indictment against Syed Kaleem Razvi for sending a threatening email to the Texas Attorney General’s Office and various employees with other state agencies, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Razvi, 55, of Houston, is charged with sending a threat over interstate commerce. Specifically, Razvi allegedly sent an email communication on June 8, 2015, to the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Child Support Division, as well as various employees with other Texas agencies. The indictment alleges that the subject line of the email said “Tell Atty General of Texas this.” The communications allegedly threatened the Attorney General of Texas, as well as all those emailed by threatening “to get up in arms against you all,” and by wishing “God burn your houses and burn the bodies of your own children and yourself.” The email also demanded that the Attorney General of Texas return his money or “FACE TERRORISM,” according to the allegations.
If convicted, Razvi faces up to five years in federal prison. Razvi has been in state custody on related charges since December 2015. He is expected to make an initial appearance on the federal indictment in the near future, at which time the U.S. expects to request his continued detention pending trial.
The FBI investigated in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General’s Office - Criminal Investigations Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ted Imperato and Alamdar Hamdani are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas
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