FBI arrests Endicott man for making false statement

By Candace Chapman

Credit: MGN Online

FBI arrests Endicott man for making false statement

November 1, 2013 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 8:27 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The FBI arrested a man from Endicott, who is accused of making a false claim against a contractor for the Department of Defense.

A federal grand jury indicted Ryan Letcher, 38, of Endicott.

According to the US Attorney's Office, he is a former employee of BAE Systems. In March of 2012, Letcher mailed a letter to the Department of Defense, claiming that a contractor was a foreign intelligence officer.

Investigators said Letcher knew it was not true. He's charged with willfully making a false statement.

If convicted, the charge carries a five year prison sentence and maximum fine of $250,000.

"The act of intentionally making false statements in order to harm others will not be tolerated." stated Andrew Vale, FBI Albany Special Agent in Charge. "Making such fictitious, fraudulent statements can have a devastating impact on the victims and the community. The FBI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure this type malicious behavior is investigated and prosecuted."