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Latoya Bridgeforth was so bored with her job as a receptionist at L-3 Communications, a defense company in Southeast Washington, she started calling in bomb threats�using a cell phone registered to WilmerHale, according to charging documents filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She first called the management company of her 80 M St. office building, Piedmont Office Realty Trust, affecting a man’s voice: “My wife left me. I’m going to bomb the building.” Then she called in threats to two other defense companies in the building. Each time, the building emptied. She told investigators that she put in numerous calls between Sept. 12 and Oct. 18, on WilmerHale’s dime. How she came into possession of the phone is unclear. When Inspector Michael Rossi of the U.S. Marshals Service approached people at WilmerHale, they told him that “the cell phone was never assigned to a specific individual at the firm.” Nor, apparently, was its absence felt in the 400-plus-attorney office. And still, “WilmerHale has continued to pay the bill,” Rossi wrote. William Perlstein, WilmerHale’s managing partner, says the phone was issued to the firm’s messengers for general use. “I have no idea how it got in this woman’s hands,” he says. Bridgeforth, who lives in Southeast Washington, was arrested on Oct. 19 on an outstanding D.C. warrant stemming from larceny charges. She had the phone on her, and not long after, Rossi caught up with her. Assistant Federal Public Defender Lara Quint, who is representing Bridgeforth in the federal case, says she is being held at the District’s Correctional Treatment Facility.
Joe Palazzolo can be contacted at [email protected].

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