A federal grand jury in Amarillo returned an indictment today charging Richard Goyette, a/k/a Michael Jurek, 47, with one count of threats and false information and 64 counts of threats and hoaxes, announced acting U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Goyette has been in federal custody since his arrest on February 2, 2009, on a charge outlined in a federal criminal complaint related to his mailing 65 threatening letters to financial institutions from Amarillo in October 2008.
The indictment alleges that on October 18, 2008, Goyette mailed a letter to the attention of Jamie Dimon at JP Morgan Chase & Company, at 270 Park Avenue in New York, that contained threats of bombing and killing people at the JP Morgan Chase & Company’s corporate headquarters within six months. The criminal complaint filed in the case stated that the threat in this letter included the threat of “McVeighing of your corporate headquarters within six months.” This letter also threatened to “utilize any strategy and tactic to inflict financial damage to your company.”
The indictment further alleges that Goyette mailed 64 letters to 52 various locations of Chase Bank; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) offices in Arlington, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Dallas, Texas; and Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) offices in Chicago, Illinois; Daly City, California; Jersey City, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and Irving, Texas. Each of these letters contained an unknown white powder and the threat that the person breathing the powder would die within 10 days.