Georgia Man Pleads Guilty To Making Threats In Palm Beach County Using False Name

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  • A Georgia native was arrested for making threats to various Palm Beach County departments using the name of a man dating his former love.

A Georgia man spurned by a co-worker has pleaded guilty to making hoax bomb threats against an airport and schools in Florida while using her boyfriend's name.

According to court documents, 25-year-old Preston McWaters of Athens, Georgia, created false email and social media accounts in the name of a Jupiter man in a relationship with the woman who had rejected McWaters' romantic advances.

Federal prosecutors said McWaters used the accounts to send false bomb threats over several weeks earlier this year to Palm Beach County schools, Palm Beach International Airport and private businesses.

Court documents show that McWaters pleaded guilty to six charges Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale federal court. He faces up to five years in prison on each count at sentencing Sept. 23. Nine other charges were dropped.

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