WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man already in federal custody on charges of running a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme is now being connected to explosive devices found in storage units outside of PhiladelphiaMore >>
A man already in federal custody on charges of running a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme is now being connected to explosive devices found in storage units outside of Philadelphia and also in Wilmington.More >>
Istvan Merchenthaler was indicted on Aug. 6, charged with possession of a non-registered firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. He also faces another ammunition-related charge.
The indictment shows that between Nov. 2012 and Feb. 2013, Merchenthaler possessed a destructive device made of plastic PVC pipe with an explosive charge.
The indictment also says that Merchenthaler was a fugitive from justice at the time of the incident.
Merchenthaler was first arrested by federal authorities in May of 2012 for allegedly stealing more than $2 million from more than 200 investors in a phone card scam.
According to a press release from the US Department of Justice, Merchenthaler is currently in federal custody. If convicted of the scam, he faces a maximum possible sentence of 170 years in prison and a $3.5 million fine. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Several law enforcement agencies are on scene at ABA Mini Storage, located at the intersection of Carolina Beach road and Sanders Road. WECT has received multiple calls from viewersMore >>
A suspect connected to the investigation into explosives found in a storage unit Thursday is in custody, according to a spokesperson for the FBI.More >>