Monessen man admits mailing threatening letters |

Monessen man admits mailing threatening letters

A Monessen man pleaded guilty in federal court to mailing threatening communications.

Joseph Popovich, 55, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone.

According to U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton, Popovich intended to extort $20,000 from another individual by mailing a letter July 27, 2009, threatening to disclose to the federal Environmental Protection Agency photographs that would depict evidence of an alleged environmental crime.

The letter threatens that the individual could be subjected to prison.

Popovich will be sentenced 10 a.m. Feb. 24.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

The FBI conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Popovich.

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