An Alabama man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly calling 911 for a false incident.
Stephen Sherwin Stepho, 19, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. was indicted Wednesday for making an interstate threat.
The indictment states Stepho used "swatting" or calling 9-1-1 to dispatch large groups of law enforcement, including Special Weapons and Tactics teams to non-emergencies. Prosecutors believe Stepho used his Xbox gamertag "NuBlom" to make the calls.
Stepho allegedly made threats to a man in The Colony, Texas who is referred to as "TB" in the indictment. Investigators said Stepho threatened to "swat" unless "TB" paid him for a pair of fraudulent Xbox Gamertags.
"TB" failed to pay for the Gamertags, according to the indictment and Stepho reportedly disguised his
Caller ID to make it appear that he was placing a call from inside "TB's" residence
in The Colony, Texas. The entire police force of The Colony, including a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team responded to "TB's" residence after the caller claimed that two intruders had
entered the residence.
In the end, there was no emergency, and the person they thought was "TB" was hundreds of miles away.
convicted, Stepho could face up to two years in a federal prison. No trial date has been set.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:14 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:14:11 GMT
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