A Nebraska man has been sentenced to five years' probation for threatening federal officials overseeing his home mortgage.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Matt McDermott was sentenced Wednesday for one count of intimidating government employees.
Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Kearney man became frustrated
with the way his FHA loan was being serviced by a private company
in 2008. McDermott tried contacting the Department of Housing and
Urban Development's national service center, but became frustrated with the response there.
So McDermott sent two emails to HUD employees in October 2008
that included threats. McDermott told investigators he hopes the
threats would help get his loan complaints resolved.
As part of his probation, McDermott won't be allowed to contact
HUD officials directly unless his probation officer approves.