He claimed his bomb could take down an airliner.
Henry Jones told the Georgia Bureau of Investigation about three men who had hired him to build a bomb to destroy an aircraft.
The agents were skeptical about parts of his story, so Mr. Jones brought them a prototype bomb he had built.
Except there was no terrorist plot. Mr. Jones had made up the whole thing.
News reports do not say why he lied.
Said a U. S. attorney:
"Lying to federal agents has serious consequences…"
Said the FBI:
"Occasionally, for varying motives, the FBI is engaged by individuals who choose to fabricate stories that not only waste valuable investigative resources but can have far-reaching implications if that information were acted on. The FBI cannot and will not tolerate such incidents as was presented in this case."
Mr. Jones got 3 years and 10 months in prison.
Terror hoax lands Georgia man in prison for over two years, Government Security News>>