FBI arrests Youngstown man who allegedly called energy company 2,458 times
A Youngstown man was arraigned in federal court Friday after allegedly making over 2,400 calls to harass a Virginia based energy company.
According to a federal indictment, it was between October 2021 and June 2022 when 65-year-old Terrence Mott called the unidentified energy company. Mott was indicted on July 27th, but was not arrested by the FBI until Thursday.
Court documents say the company named in the indictment operates emergency telephone call centers in several states. All calls to the company were routed through these call centers.
The indictment claims Mott anonymously called the company's call centers on 2,458 separate incidents, with the intent to "abuse, threaten, and harass" the company.
During his arraignment, court documents say Mott requested to represent himself, however, the court was unable to get through the necessary proceedings to allow Mott to waive his right to counsel. U.S. Magistrate Judge Carmen Henderson then ordered a mental competency exam for Mott. Court documents say all other hearings are continued pending the evaluation.
Mott is charged with Anonymous Telecommunications Harassment and Repeated Telephone Calls, and is currently being held at the Mahoning County Jail.