White collar crime merged with violent crime when a former commodities trader under investigation threatened to kill the officials investigating and sought help to carry out the attacks.
The former trader, Vincent McCrudden, 50, pleaded guilty yesterday in the Eastern District of New York to two counts of transmitting threats to kill more than 40 financial regulatory officials. The FBI’s New York Field Office said in a press release that McCrudden had been under scrutiny by regulatory agencies for several years and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission had filed a civil enforcement law suit against him in December 2010..
The threats started three months before that lawsuit, when McCrudden emailed the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Futures Association and threatened to kill him, telling him his body would be in “little bits and pieces” and that he had hired assassins. The email’s subject line was “You’re a Dead Man.”
Then, when McCrudden was sued in December, he posted a list of dozens of financial officials that he wanted killed on his website. He also solicited the public and asked for assistance. “There are just too many for me alone, “he wrote on the site.
McCrudden told Judge Denis R. Hurley that he had intended the threats to be provocative, but never meant to actually carry out violence, the New York Post reported.
McCrudden will be sentenced on Dec. 2 and faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison.
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