A New Jersey woman admitted Friday that she called in two bomb threats that forced evacuations at the federal courthouse in Camden and the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton in January 2018 because she was frustrated with the progress civil lawsuit she had pending in federal court, authorities said.
Amdije Toska, 40, of Paterson, faces up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000 for the hoax bomb threats.
Toska was involved in civil litigation with the New Jersey State Police since May 2014, and the case was closed November 2018.
The case was still pending on Jan. 12, 2018 when Toska called the federal courthouse in Camden claiming there was a bomb in the building, officials said. By then, the court clerk was familiar with her voice as Toska had called so frequently that a judge issued an order directing Toska to cease communication with the office, authorities said.
She called the federal courthouse again that day and said, “There’s a bomb in the building, run.” Bomb sniffing dogs from the Camden County Police, U.S. Park Service and Camden County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call, authorities said.
Toska made another bomb threat in later that afternoon, officials said. The employee who answered asked why she kept calling in the threats and Toska replied, “The judge is torturing me, so I am torturing you, an eye for an eye,” authorities said.
She also called the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton that morning claiming there was a bomb and forcing an evacuation of the complex, which houses the state Supreme Court and other legal offices, officials said.
Toska took to Facebook and Twitter to admit that she was so fed up with the court system, she made several bomb threats that day, authorities said.
“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,” a Twitter profile believed to belong to Toska posted, authorities said.
“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,” another reply to her alleged tweet stated.
Sentencing has been scheduled for July 18.