Some people will do anything to get out of work. A Georgia man went to great lengths to get out of his shift by shutting down his workplace with a fake bomb threat. He is now ordered to pay nearly $40,000 in restitution.
Elliott Sherman was both fired and arrested on the same day when he called in a bomb threat to get out of work on September 11, 2021. He has been behind bars since May 2022 when he pleaded guilty to false information and hoaxes. He was sentenced to time served and two years of supervised release.
“With the thoughtless tap of a few keys on his phone, Elliott Sherman shut down a major port facility and initiated a significant law enforcement response. He also cost himself a job, his freedom, and thousands of dollars. That’s a hard price to pay for impatience and immaturity,” U.S. Attorney David H. Estes said.
The 23-year-old worked in Port Wentworth, Georgia, as an employee of a staffing agency. He admitted to calling the bomb threat so that workers in his carpool could also be dismissed from work and he wouldn’t have to wait for a ride home. It’s all about convenience.
While waiting for the investigation to be completed, the company had to halt operations at two warehouses, costing them around $38,400.
“Hoax threats consume law enforcement resources needed for actual emergencies, disrupt commerce, and terrify potential threatened victims. Anyone who decides to carry out a threat like this, especially one so inappropriately timed, can expect the FBI to come knocking to hold them accountable,” FBI Atlanta special agent Keri Farley said.