Indian American Man Charged With Making Threats to University of Wisconsin-Madison Students and Staff
- 32-year-old Arvin Raj Mathur, a former student of the university, is to remain in federal custody pending his arraignment.
A former University of Wisconsin-Madison student is charged with using email to threaten graduate students, staff, or professors at the Madison campus. Arvin Raj Mathur, 32, Grass Lake, Michigan, is charged with six counts of transmitting communications containing threats to injure other persons, the Department of Justice announced this week. The DoJ said the Indian American “threatened to injure a Wisconsin citizen, for the purpose of issuing threats and with the knowledge that the communications would be viewed as threats.”
The Indian American previously was charged with transmitting communications containing threats in a sealed complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on March 8, the DoJ said. He made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on March 11, followed by a March 15 detention hearing.
The court ordered that he remain in federal custody pending his arraignment in federal court, the date for which has not been set. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each count.