November 22, 2022
NEWARK, N.J. – A New Jersey man was sentenced to 57 months in prison for threatening to assault and murder federal law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
Frank Monte, 51, of New Jersey, was previously convicted following a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez of three counts of threatening a federal law enforcement officer, and of two counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce. Judge Vazquez imposed the sentence on Nov. 21, 2022, in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in the case and the evidence at trial:
On July 21, 2019, Monte repeatedly called the emergency line of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Police at the VA Lyons hospital campus. During one of those calls, Monte threatened to “shoot up” a VA Police officer. On Oct. 15, 2019, Monte called the office of a U.S. Congressman and spoke with a staff member. During that call, Monte threatened that if he ever saw a particular special agent of the U.S. Secret Service in New Jersey, Monte would assault him. On Oct. 18, 2019, Monte called a special agent of the U.S. Capitol Police. During that call, Monte once again threatened to assault the same special agent of the U.S. Secret Service.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Vazquez sentenced Monte to three years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the U.S. Secret Service, Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jose Riera, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Police, VA New Jersey Health Care System, under the direction of Acting Chief Minelli Torres-Sukola; members of the U.S. Capitol Police, Threat Assessment Section, under the direction of Assistant Special Agent in Charge Chad Beckett; members of the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of Marshal Juan Mattos Jr.; and members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura, for their assistance in the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Torntore and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Trombly of the Cybercrime Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Saverio A. Viggiano Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark