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4chan: Frankston South student faces court over email July 1, 2008

Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime.

Frankston Standard Leader, 30 June 2008

A STUDENT who allegedly posted a United States shoot-to-kill hoax on the internet will face court on separate charges next week.

Jarrad Willis, 20, has been charged with criminal defamation and could face up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.

The charge does not relate to the hoax, but to circulating an email and is one of more than 70 charges that have been laid against the Frankston South philosophy student in the past 12 months.

Mr Willis made headlines late last year after it was alleged he posted an online threat to carry out a mass shooting at a shopping centre near Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

The posting was accompanied by a picture of a man holding a shotgun and came hours after a gunman killed eight shoppers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Los Angeles Police Department counter-terrorism bureau deputy chief Michael Downing said it seemed the “hoax” on the 4chan.org internet bulletin board was a “sick joke”.

On December 7, 2007, Mr Willis was questioned and had his home searched by police as part of a global investigation.

More than 100 international counter-terrorism police were involved, but it is understood no charges have been laid in relation to the alleged hoax.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Anna Erbrederis said the computer crime squad was investigating and could not comment.

The Leader has previously reported police were also investigating Mr Willis over matters relating to eBay.

Detectives have brought more than 30 charges against Mr Willis.

Many of them relate to deception.

Mr Willis is due to appear before Frankston Magistrates’ Court on July 9.



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