Man lied about presidential threats in Afghanistan

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 27, 2013 at 9:20 PM

EL PASO, Texas -- An El Paso man has been convicted of making false reports to law enforcement that a co-worker had made threats against President Barack Obama.

A Justice Department statement says Keith Nicholas Aiken was convicted Thursday in El Paso of making the false statements while working as a civilian military employee in Afghanistan.

According to trial evidence, Aiken reported in January 2011 that the co-worker threatened to shoot Obama and threatened that a friend was planning to blow up Air Force One. The report prompted the U.S. Secret Service to deploy agents to Afghanistan, disrupting what prosecutors called a significant investigation.

Aiken confessed to lying about the threats about six weeks later.

Aiken could receive up to five years in prison on each of the two counts Sept. 13.

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