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Federal prosecutors make cyberstalking arrest in Buffalo-area case

Daniel Richter, 45, faces charges of cyberstalking, a crime announced by U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross, with potential penalties including five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. This follows Richter’s history of unsettling behavior dating back to 2002, involving bizarre emails and following a victim from the University at Buffalo, escalating to sending strange post-cards and voicemails, leading to his arrest in 2008 for Stalking in the Fourth Degree.

Richter’s pattern of harassment resumed in 2018 after a previous conviction for interstate communication of threat to injure, resulting in a 24-month federal prison sentence. Recent activities include sending over 600 emails and 94 voice messages with threatening content to the same victim. He was apprehended at a hotel in Amherst, NY, equipped with a photograph of the victim, a ski mask, and hair dye, underscoring the seriousness of his intentions.

The case, handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Rudroff, highlights ongoing efforts by law enforcement to address cyberstalking.

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