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Greece man pleads guilty to lying to FBI

Greece man pleads guilty to lying to FBI

May 15, 2019 06:15 AM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) --  A 22-year-old Greece man is facing jail time and a hefty fine after admitting to lying to the FBI. 

Thomas Alonzo Bolin pleaded guilty Tuesday to making a false statement to the FBI. 

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In March, according to federal prosecutors, the FBI began investigating Bolin for potential federal civil rights and firearms violations.

Prosecutors said Bolin belonged to Facebook groups linked to white supremacist thoughts and posted messages, under the user name "Peter Vincent," consistent with white supremacist ideology, statements threatening violence against Muslims and others, and messages containing derogatory terms for Muslims and other minority groups.

Some of the statements made referenced the deadly attacks on mosques in New Zealand. 

During an interview with the FBI, agents said that he denied ever owning a gun in New York state. However, the FBI recovered a shotgun during a search of his home in Greece.

Bolin faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing in June. 

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