A Maysville woman has been arrested and indicted in federal court for communicating a threat on the internet and lying to the FBI about her phones “ in a matter involving terrorism,” documents show.
Marie Castelli, 55, was charged with making an online threat in October 2015 that involved a link to “ a publically-viewable document on the Internet that described Victims 1, 2 and 3 and their families, displayed their photographs, and stated that others should locate and execute Victim 1,” said the indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court at Covington.
Castelli was also charged with lying to the FBI in April of this year “in a matter involving terrorism within the jurisdiction of the executive branch” of the U.S. Government. When asked by an FBI agent “whether she possessed any other phones, Castelli falsely replied that she did not, or words to that effect, then and there knowing the statements and representations were false because she possessed two additional phones at that time, ” the indictment said.
David Habich, Chief Counsel for the FBI in Louisville, on Saturday said in an e-mail that he had “nothing to share” beyond a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement discussing Castelli’s arrest.
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That statement, released Friday by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Kerry Harvey, said that Castelli was arrested on Thursday and on Friday appeared before a federal judge for arraignment.
The court ordered Castelli detained pending any further orders of the court, the statement said.
“There is no current threat to public safety related to this arrest, and it is not related to the upcoming anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,” the statement said. “ The FBI and its federal, state, and local partners remain vigilant in keeping the public from harm.”
The Maysville Ledger Independent reported that in a 2011 article about Castelli’s dog in that newspaper, Castelli said that she was originally from New Jersey but had been living in Egypt and had moved from Egypt to Maysville.