WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A man was recently indicted on charges related to explosives found in a Wilmington storage facility earlier this year, documents show.
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.