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Man indicted in Paladino threat

A New York City man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Buffalo, accused of threatening to bomb the campaign headquarters of Carl P. Paladino last April.

Miles Fisher, 63, is charged with a felony of making a threat and conveying false information in connection with a bomb hoax, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said.

Fisher was arrested on a criminal complaint last June by agents from the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force of Western New York. The grand jury indictment is the next procedural step in the felony case.

During the heated gubernatorial campaign last April 13, Fisher called Paladino's campaign headquarters in Ellicott Square and said he was "going to bomb all of you," federal agents said in court papers.

Fisher has denied the allegations, according to John P. Pieri, who represented him during an arraignment Thursday before Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr.

"Mr. Fisher is a community activist in New York City, and he was upset by the e-mails [forwarded by] Mr. Paladino depicting President Obama as a pimp," Pieri told The Buffalo News. "Mr. Fisher says he may have been profane during the phone call, but he denies threatening a bombing or any kind of violence."

The call prompted Buffalo police and fire crews to evacuate about 700 people from the building, which is owned by Paladino, authorities said. No explosives were found in the building.

During an appearance in Buffalo's federal court June 23, Fisher pleaded not guilty. He described himself as an unemployed church pastor who receives Social Security and veterans disability benefits.

Fisher claimed during the phone call that he was a member of a black militant group and threatened a bombing, according to court papers filed by prosecutor Robert C. Moscati.

Fisher admitted to federal agents that he was upset after reading an article about the Paladino e-mails, Moscati said in court papers.

Schroeder released Fisher on a $10,000 signature bond Thursday and stated that he must continue with treatment he has been receiving for post-traumatic stress disorder.

e-mail: dherbeck@buffnews.com

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