A litigant frustrated by her perceived lack of justice pleaded guilty on Friday to making hoax bomb threats to the federal courthouse in Camden and the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton last year.
Amdije Toska, 40, of Paterson, entered the plea before Senior U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court, where she was charged with one count of making hoax bomb threats—including one that evacuated the Hughes Justice Complex—by telephone in January 2018, according to federal prosecutors.
The charge of making hoax bomb threats is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing for Toska is scheduled for July 18.
U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Craig Carpenito, who gave credit to several law enforcement agencies for tracking down Toska as the bomb threat culprit, announced the plea on Friday.
According to court documents, on the morning of Jan. 12, 2018, Toska called the Clerk’s Office at the Camden federal courthouse and stated there was a bomb in the building. The Clerk’s Office employee who answered the phone recognized Toska as a civil litigant with a case assigned to a U.S. District Court judge, who had previously issued an order directing Toska to cease all communications with the Clerk’s Office.
That same morning, authorities charged, Toska made a similar threat to the Hughes Justice Complex, where she said there was a bomb in the building, according court documents. The threat forced an evacuation of the building.
Hours later that same day, Toska called the Camden Courthouse Clerk’s Office again, and stated, “There’s a bomb in the building, run.”
When an employee who answered the phone asked Toska why she was making bomb threats, Toska responded, “The judge is torturing me, so I am torturing you, an eye for an eye,” according to the office’s release.
Prosecutors said bomb-detecting K-9 units from the Camden County Police, U.S. Park Service’s Philadelphia Office and Camden County Sheriff’s Office responded to the federal courthouse.
The government was represented by Deputy U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Skahill and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyson M. Oswald of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden in the case.
Attorney Thomas Young, an assistant federal public defender in Camden who was assigned to Toska, didn’t respond to a message left late Friday.
Social media provided a glimpse of Toska’s mindset and why she made the calls, according to Carpenito’s office. A post on “Amie Toska’s” Facebook account that appeared on the same day of her bomb threats, stated: “I have had enough of being ignored. I am prank calling the entire world.” Meanwhile, according to the release, a Twitter account believed to be associated with Toska posted a “reply” stating, “I just called Doj in DC, Camden courts and Njtpd lawyer and told them there’s a bomb in the building then I hung up…There is no bomb but I will continue to scare them until I am heard…I want JUSTICE DAMMIT.”
Prosecutors said another “reply” stated, “I’m not gonna stop calling the courts/doj/or njt lawyer and telling them there’s a bomb in the building. I will make them suffer by getting them scared. Let them shit in their pants for days. Idgaf….I want JUSTICE.”